Earth System Science - From Crust to Core

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Mon, 20/11/2017

Researchers from the universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde, in partnership with the National Geosequestration Laboratory (CSIRO) in Australia, have identified the key challenges to using tracers for offshore monitoring, which should be the focus of future research.

Their work identified issues such as the potential lifespan of tracer chemicals over long timeframes, tracer behaviour in marine sediments or CO2 bubble streams, possible legal constraints and environmental effects, and how best to sample the tracers.

Diver in Sicily and CO2 vents.  Photo credits G Caramana

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Fri, 13/10/2017

51 localities across the country have been chosen by a panel of expert volunteers as the Best Places where people can see, enjoy and engage with Scotland’s incredible geology.

51 Best Places to See Scotland's Geology

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Thu, 28/09/2017

Dr Heike Langenberg, Chief Editor of Nature Geoscience, visited the School and gave a short talk to an enthusiastic audience.  Staff and students were given the unique opportunity to question the Nature Geoscience Chief Editor on a number of topics such as publishing in Nature, open access, data

Heike Langenberg, Nature Geoscience Chief Editor


Micromagnetic Earth Related Robust Interpreted Language Laboratory

MERRILL is an open source 3D micromagnetics software package with a simple scripting user interface that requires little computational knowledge from the user in order to model complex inhomogeous domain structures in magnetic materials. MERRILL uses the finite-element/boundary-element numerical method best suited for modelling irregular grain geometries that are of interest to the rock and paleomagnetic community. It is able to simulate a range of magnetic characteristics of both single grains and small assemblies of interacting grains. The open source nature of the code encourages future development of the model by the scientific community.

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Multiphase iron/magnetite 100nm grain, with stray field

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Mon, 11/09/2017

TEDx are organizing their first salon event of the year on the 20th of September, at the National Gallery of Scotland. Unravelling Earth will be an exciting evening with topics ranging from Dinosaurs to your own neighbourhood, featuring talks from GeoSciences staff.

TEDx Salon: Unravelling Earth

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Fri, 28/04/2017

Skeletons and shells first came into being 550 million years ago as the chemical make-up of seawater changed, a study suggests.

Wood et al, Proceedings of the Royal Society B

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Fri, 14/04/2017

Dr Stephen Brusatte, Chancellor’s Fellow in Vertebrate Palaeontology, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, is awarded the RSE/Makdougall Brisbane Medal.

Steve Brusatte

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Thu, 06/04/2017

Studies looked at the occurrence of hundreds of meters thick belts of intensely fragmented dolostones along a major transpressive fault zone in the Italian Southern Alps.

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Fri, 11/11/2016

Collaborative studies between Dr Steve Brusatte, the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences and the Dongyang Museum lead to a newly discovered species of dinosaur, Tongtianlong limosus and their findings are published in Nature Scientific Reports (


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