Geology for Global Development


Historical Hazards: Lessons From Ancient Rome

The town of Pompeii was enveloped in ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. To the north of Pompeii lies the small, relatively unknown town of Herculaneum, where the ash fell hotter and deeper. Careful excavation by a team of archaeologists, led by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, has revealed intricate details of daily life for the vibrant mix of people that once lived in Herculaneum. The cast ...[Read More]

Book Review – Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded (Simon Winchester, 2003, Penguin Books)

“Should form an essential part of the reading list for every undergraduate geologist” –  Joel Gill, GfGD’s National Director, reviews Simon Winchester’s 2003 bestseller Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded… During a recent break I had the privilege of reading Simon Winchester’s best-selling book Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded (I know what you’re thinking – ...[Read More]

Interview: Jeannie Scott on Sharing Your Research

Jeannie Scott did her PhD at the University of Oxford on the Santiago volcano in Guatemala. She made some interesting findings, and has spent time translating her research into a format that is accessible to people with no scientific background. She also explains what her research findings mean for the people that live and work close to the volcano. Jeannie has produced both a poster and a booklet ...[Read More]