Power within the Rift

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Lying just under the Earth’s surface, the East African Rift is a region rich in geothermal resources. Exploitation of this clean and green energy source is steadily been gaining momentum. What is the geological mix that makes the Rift Valley ripe for geothermal power and how is it being […]

An ode to metamorphism

Originally posted on the EGU blog network On finding out my ‘profession’, there’s one fact that people proudly announce to me on a regular basis: “I know the three rock types: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic!”. What usually emerges from deeper probing is that most people are comfortable with the concept of sediments and magma, but […]

Rocky secrets – fifty shades darker?

Originally posted on the EGU blog network You might remember Charly’s “Fifity Shades of Grey” post, highlighting the colourful spectrum of rocks; fifty shades of grey they are not. On a purely aesthetic level, rocks are incredibly varied and interesting. But the thing is, a lot of the samples us volcanology and petrology PhD students […]

Negative results, have no fear!

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Not all research is successfully and not all experiments have a positive outcome or even the outcome you first expected.  When you are a young researcher, such as a PhD student, this is often very hard to come to terms with.  It can feel like its a personal failure […]

Science Snaps #4: Autumnal revamp

As the first leaves turn to brown and summer wanes out, we thought it was time to spruce up the blog. So, loyal readers, courtesy of our intrepid blog-contributors, here are the new header images for your delectation.

Abbreviated science

KFC, MTV, BP, BBC, NASA, NHS, UNICEF, FIFA…combinations of letters that are known the world over. These famous examples demonstrate the power of the acronym, a word formed from the initial components of a series of other words. A full list of acronyms used in this post can be found at the bottom. You may […]

Kenya’s rumbling volcanoes

Originally posted on the EGU blog network. In the Kenyan Rift, where volcanoes are numerous, satellite observations have identified ground deformation at a number of volcanic centers. Radar images reveal that shallow magma systems may be active under at least four of the volcanoes in Kenya, but whether the signals are driven by an influx of […]

Feeling blue: A lesson in perseverance

Originally posted on the EGU Blog Network: http://blogs.egu.eu/bar/2013/08/12/feeling-blue-a-lesson-in-perseverance/. You can also read the Original BBC article or watch the BBC interview with Peter Harrison I think a lot of PhD time is spent searching, either literally or metaphorically; everything from inspiration on a Monday morning to melt inclusions on the SEM late on a Friday […]

Rocks – fifty shades of grey?

One of the most common misconceptions about rocks is that they are all grey. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that, to many non-geologists, the thought of studying rocks for a living is utterly incomprehensible.

Imaging the Earth: Sarychev volcanic eruption, 2009

Some pictures of volcanic eruptions are iconic – this is one such example.