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In The News – October 2012

A few things have caught my eye in the news recently, a mix of good and tragic: Toilets in India: The BBC reported last week that the Indian Supreme Court have ordered that every school have clean water and suitable sanitation facilities within six months. If this is obeyed, and goes hand in hand with appropriate hygiene training it could lead to many positive results, as outlined on the Tearfund ...[Read More]

VolcanicDegassing

Montserrat: Open for Business

One of the great privileges of working on volcanoes is that you get the chance to visit some amazing places, and to meet some extraordinary people. Recently, I got the chance to return to Montserrat, a small volcanic island in the Caribbean which has been the site of a dome-forming eruption since July 1995. I had first visited Montserrat in early 1998, when I had a short tour as one of the staff s ...[Read More]

GeoSphere

The Wooden Wall

The Wooden Wall

It is once again time to write about geology and classics and the incredibly important impact the geosciences had on the ancients and their way of life. My previous post on this topic can be found at my old blog location as the post: The Odyssey and Geology. I’ll begin by relating a story: The two fleets, the Persians the the Greeks, which was composed of the navies of all the city states, b ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Friday Photo (51) – Loess Collapse/Subsidence

In 1904, the Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius suggested that the burning of fossil fuels to satiate our hunger for energy would increase the percentage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, which would change the Earth’s temperature. Regular measurements of atmospheric CO2, started in the late 1950’s at remote locations such as Mauna Loa in Hawaii and the South Pole, confirmed his hypothesis ...[Read More]

GeoSphere

The Accretionary Wedge #51 Call for Posts – GeoPoetry

A large majority of igneous rocks on Earth are formed by a process known as fractional crystallization (summarized in the diagram below). To understand this process, start by imagining a large liquid magma (melt) body. As we cool the magma, mineral phases become stable and crystals start to form. The newly formed minerals are likely to have a very different density from the magma causing them to f ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Lessons from China (3) – Geotourism, A Case Study

The EGU has been a pioneer in open-access publications, the mission statement can be found on the publications page of the EGU webpage. This is alongside EGGS, the EGU newsletter. There are currently 16 open access peer-reviewed journals, each with their own homepage which can be found on the publications page. On Fridays, articles from the journals will be highlighted along with research presente ...[Read More]

GeoSphere

Geology Photo of the Week #6 – Sept 30 – Oct 5

It’s I’m a Geoscientist week! Or more exactly: weeks. From March 9 until March 20, the EGU supports I’m a Geoscientist to help students engage with scientists about real science. The Energy, Resources and Environment Division of the European Geosciences Union encompasses a broad range of different ERE-related topics, from surface to subsurface, spanning all aspects of geosciences ...[Read More]

GeoSphere

Welcome to GeoSphere

  As of this month, the ERE Division has its own blog: ERE Matters – matters of the ERE Division, because Energy, Resources and the Environment matter! Here we will keep you up to date on all ERE-related activities, at the EGU and elsewhere. Also you can find links to our Energy Procedia special issues and contact details. If you have something that you would like to share, whether it’s a pos ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Introducing ‘Geology for Global Development’

The EGU is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the geosciences – for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. This is a vision that we at Geology for Global Development both applaud and strongly align ourselves with. Good geoscience is essential to many of today’s global development challenges – a knowledge of geohazards, climate change, sustainable mining, hydrogeology, geotech ...[Read More]

VolcanicDegassing

An update on Santorini

As you may have heard by now, Santorini volcano has recently been showing some unrest. Of course, it has only just come to the attention of the media, some of which have taken things a little further than can be justified.  But for those of us involved in the work, this is a story which has taken rather longer to piece together. In my own case, the story started 26 years ago this week, when I firs ...[Read More]