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Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

The origin of animals: Insights from the Ediacaran biota of Newfoundland, Canada

Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Arthur Holmes Building - ES230 -TR3, Dr. Alex Liu. University Lecturer in Palaeobiology, Cambridge University

Timescales of organic carbon storage and transport in river systems: what’s in an age?

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Arthur Holmes Building - ES230 -TR3, Dr. Valier Galy. Associate Scientist in Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry, WHOI

Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Paula Martin and Simon Mathias have been awarded of Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy recognising their significant contribution to Learning and Teaching.

(7 Dec 2017) » More about Excellence in Learning and Teaching


Researchers explore global ocean dead zones and hot greenhouse climate during the age of dinosaurs

An international team of scientists aboard research vessel JOIDES Resolution have just completed an eight-week voyage studying Australia’s climate and tectonics during the Cretaceous Period (the last age of the dinosaurs). 30 scientists from 15 countries, collected samples from deep beneath the ocean floor at five sites in water depths of 860-3850 metres mainlyin the Mentelle Basin off south-west Australia.

(29 Nov 2017) » More about Researchers explore global ocean dead zones and hot greenhouse climate during the age of dinosaurs


Yaoling Niu: UK's Most Highly Cited Geoscientist?

Yaoling has been honoured as a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science (see: https://clarivate.com/hcr/2017-researchers-list/). He is one of just 141 geoscientists, including atmospheric scientists, worldwide, to achieve this award, of which 14 are UK-based. The other 13 work in the areas of climate and atmospheric science, so that we reckon that Yaoling is the most highly-cited geoscientist in the UK. Many congratulations Yaoling!

https://www.dur.ac.uk/earth.sciences/staff/academic/?id=2205

(28 Nov 2017)


Mars might be drier than previously thought

Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust move rather than liquid water, according to a new study.

The new findings, involving scientists at Durham University, the US Geological Survey (USGS), the University of Arizona, and the Planetary Science Institute indicate that present-day Mars may not have a significant volume of liquid water.

The water-restricted conditions that exist on Mars would make it difficult for Earth-like life to exist near the surface of the planet.

The research is published in Nature Geoscience 

(21 Nov 2017) » More about Mars might be drier than previously thought


Charles Henry Emeleus

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Emeritus Professor Henry Emeleus on November 11th, 2017. Henry joined the department in 1957, retired in 1994 and continued active research until just a few weeks ago. He is a huge loss and will be greatly missed by very many staff and students, past and present. More information on his long and remarkable career can be found below

(17 Nov 2017) » More about Charles Henry Emeleus


Experiments On Sublimating Carbon Dioxide Ice And Implications For Contemporary Surface Processes On Mars

CO2 ice sublimation mechanisms have been proposed for a host of features that form in the contemporary Martian climate. However, there has been very little experimental work or quantitative modelling to test the validity of these hypotheses. Here we present the results of the first laboratory experiments undertaken to investigate if the interaction between sublimating CO2 ice blocks and a warm, porous, mobile regolith can generate features similar in morphology to those forming on Martian dunes today.

(10 Nov 2017) » More about Experiments On Sublimating Carbon Dioxide Ice And Implications For Contemporary Surface Processes On Mars




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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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