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Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

Detrital clay distribution in a modern turbidite system and implications for reservoir quality

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Arthur Holmes Building - ES230 -TR3, Dr. Sanem Acikalin Cartigny. Lecturer in Geology, Newcastle University

Mixing and dispersion in heterogeneous media across spatial and temporal scales

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Arthur Holmes Building - ES230 -TR3, Prof. Marco Dentz. Professor of Hydrological Sciences, Spanish National Research Council

UK fracking industry would need strict controls to minimise spill risk

Strict controls would be “a necessity” to minimise the risk of spills and leaks from any future UK shale gas industry, according to new research.

The recommendation comes from scientists who have investigated the possible risk of spills from well sites and tankers used to transport chemicals and contaminated fluids to and from fracking sites.

The research, by the ReFINE (Researching Fracking in Europe) consortium, jointly led by Durham and Newcastle universities, estimated the potential for spills from any future UK shale gas industry by examining data related to the UK’s milk and fuel transportation industries and from the oil and gas industry in parts of the USA.

(15 Feb 2018) » More about UK fracking industry would need strict controls to minimise spill risk


Dr Charlotte Adams Awarded Geological Society Aberconway Medal.

Assistant Professor Dr Charlotte Adams has been awarded the Aberconway Medal by the Geological Society. This prestigious medal is awarded for excellence in applied geoscience and reflects Charlotte's ground breaking work in ultra-low enthalpy geothermal energy. Heat can be extracted from the water flooded coal mines. The legacy of mines in the UK, their abundance and their distribution is such that most of the major population centres in the UK could have heat supplied from such mines allowing the UK to improve its energy security while simultaneously decarbonising heat. Translation of theory to practise is underway!

(2 Feb 2018)


Dr George Cooper Awarded Geological Society Murchison Fund

Congratulations to George Cooper who has been awarded the The Murchison Fund of the Geological Society of London. The Murchison Fund is awarded to early career geoscientists who have made excellent contributions to the research of ‘hard' rock geology and its application. George is part of the Volcanology Group and has been recognised for his research into magmatic plumbing systems. George will receive the award at a ceremony in London in June.

(2 Feb 2018)


Durham Earth Scientist wins two awards for research

Congratulations to Professor Bob Holdsworth (Earth Sciences) who has been awarded two medals in recognition of his contribution to geological sciences within the UK and internationally. The Coke Medal of the Geological Society of London (the chartered UK professional body for the science) has been awarded in recognition of Bob’s contribution to the science and for significant service to geoscience, for example through administrative, organisational or promotional activities resulting in benefits to the community. The Clough Medal, from the Edinburgh Geological Society, has been awarded based on Bob’s research into structural geology, with particular emphasis on his contribution to work carried out in Scotland over three decades. The medals will be presented to Bob in February (Clough) and June (Coke).

(1 Feb 2018)


Durham Earth Sciences PhD Student wins international award

Chris Harbord, of the Rock Mechanics Laboratory, Durham University, was recently awarded the Ramsay Medal at the annual UK Tectonic Studies Group meeting in Plymouth in early January. The medal is awarded to the postgraduate or recent postgraduate who has been judged to have produced the best publication arising directly from a PhD project in the field of tectonics and structural geology during the previous year. The paper, published in the journal Geology with his supervisors as co-authors, summarises the results of a series of laboratory experiments investigating the effects of fault geometry on the nucleation of earthquakes. Significantly, the results of the paper challenge current models of earthquake initiation, highlighting that variations in the structural complexity of faults may be a key control on the timescales and location of earthquake nucleation processes.

Harbord, C.W.A., Nielsen, S.B., De Paola, N. & Holdsworth, R.E. 2017. Earthquake nucleation on rough faults. Geology, 45, doi:10.1130/G39181.1

(30 Jan 2018)


Did Life Originate on Layered Minerals?

One of the biggest unanswered questions in science is how life first originated. Prof Chris Greenwell, in collaboration with Dr Valentina Erastova and Dr Matteo Degiacomi from Durham’s Chemistry department, and Prof Don Fraser  from the University of Oxford, have just published an article in Nature Communications which sheds light on a potential mechanism leading to the spontaneous formation of proteins, one of life’s fundamental building blocks.

(18 Dec 2017) » More about Did Life Originate on Layered Minerals?




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Department of Earth Sciences,
Durham University,
Science Labs,
Durham DH1 3LE

Tel: +44 0191 3342300
Fax: +44 0191 3342301
E-mail: earth.sciences @durham.ac.uk
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