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Royal society & BP back Durham geological exploration

(11 October 2005)

Dr Ken McCaffrey, a Senior Lecturer in Durham University’s Earth Sciences Department, has secured backing for his investigation into the evolution of the Earth’s crust from a multinational energy company and the Royal Society – the UK’s premier association for science.

He has been awarded a Royal Society Industry Fellowship to study 'Basement Inheritance Effects in Geological Architectures' in partnership with BP.

Dr McCaffrey, a member of the Reactivation Research Group (RRG) in Durham, will spend 50% of his time over the next 4 years working in BP Exploration offices across the world. He will link directly into BP's huge global geological databases. This resource offers an unparalleled opportunity to investigate the role that the pre-existing evolution of the Earth’s crust has on the subsequent development of geological structures.

BP will benefit because Dr McCaffrey’s work will provide a broader scientific view of the structural development of a region of exploration interest (as an ‘on-tap consultant’) and they also hope to enhance the importance of structural geology across their business operations.

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