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As you may have gathered from my enthusiastic title I just submitted my thesis! After 6 years of hard work it’s been passed in. To celebrate I decided to make this really cool word cloud showing the most frequently occurring words in the thesis, which currently contains a total of 55,713 words. The bigger the font the more common the word. As you may notice 129I occurs a lot, 1,220 times to be exact, since it is the topic of the entire thing. WordCloud

Here is a pic of the whole thing ready to turn in to the grad studies office. Now that this thing is done hopefully I’ll be able to get back to blogging a little more frequently. Actually, I have ideas for several posts saved up including summaries of a few of my thesis chapters.


By the way, I lied above. I’m going to get a beer to celebrate. Cheers!

Matt Herod is a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. His research focuses on the geochemistry of iodine and the radioactive isotope iodine-129. His work involves characterizing the cycle and sources of 129I in the Canadian Arctic and applying this to long term radioactive waste disposal and the effect of Fukushima fallout. His project includes field work and lab work at the André E. Lalonde 3MV AMS Laboratory. Matt blogs about any topic in geology that interests him, and attempts to make these topics understandable to everyone. Tweets as @GeoHerod.


  1. Awesome! Congrats Matt!!

  2. Congratulations Matt! Well done. Love the word cloud!

    • Thanks Barbara!

  3. Congratulations Matt! I’m depositing in a couple of months too. Awesome word cloud!

    • Thanks! Good luck on the final stretch!

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