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Seismology

What if everyone jumped at once?

What if everyone jumped at once?

One person’s jump is practically negligible when compared to Earth’s internal forces. But, what if everyone jumped together at the same time? There are roughly 7 billion people on Earth, with a total weight of approximately 350 billion kilogram. What if we all jumped together at once? Are we able to shake the planet? Are we able to slow down time? Although this might sound like a fun g ...[Read More]

GeoLog

A guide to convening a session at the General Assembly – Part II

A guide to convening a session at the General Assembly – Part II

Convening a session at a conference can seem daunting, especially if you are an early career research and a first-time convener. That’s why we’ve put together this two part series to outline the main steps of the process, with more detailed instructions to be published on the 2016 EGU General Assembly in due course. Remember, the call for sessions is open until 18 September 2015! This post picks u ...[Read More]

CR
Cryospheric Sciences

Image of the Week: GISP II Borehole

Image of the Week: GISP II Borehole

Climate records from ice cores have helped scientists understand the past changes in climate.The GISP II (Greenland Ice Sheet Project Two) ice core was more than 3km long and was drilled during a five year period in the 1990s. After the drilling ended the casing of the borehole was extended above the surface, so that the borehole can still be accessed for remeasurements of, for example, temperatur ...[Read More]

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Seismology

Looking for a new position in seismology?

Looking for a new position in seismology?

Image by Jorge Mataix-Solera, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons License. Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

GfGD Annual Conference 2015 – Speaker Introductions (Session 2)

Our 3rd Annual Conference, with the theme Fighting Global Poverty – Geology and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) takes place on Friday 30th October, hosted by the Geological Society of London. Here we introduce the speakers taking part in Session 2, a panel discussion on ‘Geology and the SDGs’… Dr Katherine Royse (Science Director – Environmental Modelling, Br ...[Read More]

CR
Cryospheric Sciences

Camping on the Svalbard coast

Camping on the Svalbard coast

In early April 2015, a small team of 2 Belgian and 2 French researchers went to Svalbard. The goal? Testing new methods to measure sea-ice thickness and ice algal biomass, but also measuring greenhouse gases in the sea ice in relation with the ‘STeP’ (Storfjorden Polynya multidisciplinary study) campaign. With funding from the French Polar Institute (IPEV) and IPSL and logistical arrangements by t ...[Read More]

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Atmospheric Sciences

Why should we care about a building’s energy consumption?

Why should we care about a building’s energy consumption?

From the 9th to the 11th of September the Solar Energy and Buildings Physics laboratory is hosting the CISBAT conference. This international meeting is seen as a leading platform for interdisciplinary dialog in the field of sustainability in the built environment. More than 250 scientists and people from the industry will be at EPFL in Lausanne to talk about topics from solar nanotechnologies to t ...[Read More]

GeoLog

Imaggeo on Mondays: Electron cloud gone wrong

Imaggeo on Mondays: Electron cloud gone wrong

Deciphering the past history of rocks and what they might reveal about the Earth’s future is a key part of geology, and tools such as Ion Probes can be used by Earth Scientists to extract valuable information about a rock’s past. Today’s Imaggeo on Monday’s image was acquired by Sarah Glynn, a researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa, who was analysing a potential calcite ...[Read More]

SSS
Soil System Sciences

Turning unproductive soil into profits

Turning unproductive soil into profits

Preeti Roychand La Trobe University AgriBio Centre for AgriBioscience Melbourne, VIC, Australia Sandy soils in Western Australia are bad soils for growing plants due to their poor nutrients and water holding capacity (see an example in Figure 1). In general, these soils are water repellent, which leads to land degradation by increasing soil erosion risk and run-off rates. Nevertheless, these soils ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Guest Blog: Micronutrients, Hidden Hunger and Geology

Guest Blog: Micronutrients, Hidden Hunger and Geology

In January 2015, GfGD took a small group of members to a discussion event hosted by the British Geological Survey, on best practice in international development. Ben Clarke and Eleri Simpson, then final year undergraduates at the University of Leicester (UK) joined the event to share about their fantastic work in Vanuatu. Here they write a guest blog about one presentation that caught their intere ...[Read More]