Science snaps (2): Soufrière Saint Vincent

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Soufrière Saint Vincent is youngest volcanic centre on the Caribbean island of St Vincent. A stratovolcano some 1,230m in height, La Soufrière has erupted five times in the last three hundred years, most notably in 1902 when 1,680 people were killed. The explosive volcanism here is the surface […]

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 […]

PhD profile #6 – Sorcha McMahon

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Sorcha McMahon – 3rd year PhD student “New insights into deep mantle melts and the carbonatite-meliliitite connection” 1) The Twitter challenge: Your PhD in 140 characters Investigating how strange igneous rocks called carbonatites may have formed, using both natural samples and high-pressure experiments

Science snaps (1): Africa’s Ups and Downs

Previously published on the EGU Blog Network on 16th August 2013 Each week we’ll be featuring our favourite ‘science snaps’ on the blog. These posts will showcase images, photos, films and figures that we encounter on a day-to-day basis, as well as things which we simply think are cool and should be gawped at. All of […]

Conference diaries: The IAVCEI Scientific Assembly, 2013

Originally posted on the EGU Blog Network With the undergraduates off on their holidays, summer sees a lot of large geology conferences take place. We’ll be using the Conference Diaries series to bring you the highs and lows of all things geology conference. Here, Mel Auker talks us through the IAVCEI Scientific Assembly…

Imaging the Earth: Sarychev volcanic eruption, 2009

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

Blue remembered hills

Into my heart on air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? A.E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad XL, 1896 I’m going to make a bold statement here, but in my opinion, Shropshire* should be crowned the geological capital of the UK. *If you […]

The Apolline Project – Illuminating the Dark Side of Vesuvius

Guest blogger and Bristol PhD student Emma Johnston combined her passion for archaeology and volcanology during her summer months working on the Apolline Project, Italy. Here she tells us about her experience of excavating a Roman bathhouse on the northern slope of Vesuvius.

PhD profile #5 – James Hickey

James Hickey – 2nd year PhD student “Constraining volcanic unrest with integrated geodetic modelling”   1) The Twitter challenge: Your PhD in 140 characters Modelling the causative processes that incite volcanic unrest at the surface using finite element analysis – aiding hazard forecasting.

From rocks to riches

A lot of people think that doing an Earth Science PhD involves looking at rocks. Most of the time they’d be wrong (experimental petrology = making pretend rocks; geochemistry = water; geophysics = computers; palaeontology = colouring in), but just occasionally, I do get to play with the real thing. From sample pick-up to analysis, […]