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About GeoSphere

The geosphere is defined as: the solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle. In my view it is an all encompassing term for the Earth and everything in it. The geosphere includes the seemingly disparate world’s of chemistry, physics, biology and geology. It is a term that unifies these separate sciences into a holistic vision of the Earth. The underlying philosophy of the posts found here is that all of the topics covered are linked to one another by the fact that they will always be more than just chemistry, or just biology. They will be a unification of many sciences and views.

My goal for this blog is to discuss topics within the geosphere and make complex ideas, usually only accessible to scientists, available to any reader that should happen across my writings. My experience, in talking to people from many backgrounds and nationalities is that the interest in geology is universal, however, the access is not. This blog is an effort to increase access to the geosphere and allow those who have interest, but lack access an avenue to ask questions and explore geology.

With this in mind I encourage any who have questions to post, comment or email me.

About Matt

Matt Herod completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. His research focuses on the environmental geochemistry of iodine and the radioactive isotope iodine-129. His work involves characterizing a 129I baseline in the Canadian Arctic and applying this to the transport and sources of 129I to remote regions as well as to long term radioactive waste disposal. His project includes both field work in the Yukon Territory and lab work back home. Matt blogs about any topic in geology that interests him, which is nearly everything, and attempts to make these topics understandable to everyone. Tweets as @GeoHerod.

Banner image: Glacier de la Pilatte, by Alexis Merlaud; Image source: Imaggeo

The opinions expressed in GeoSphere are those of the author, whose views may differ from those of the European Geosciences Union.