Dirty snowballs and our origins

Dec 12, 2014 2 Comments by
Have you ever imagined how a person with long hair would look floating in the outer space? Ancient Greeks did. When they perceived comets in the sky they imagined them as a face with long hair floating in space. In fact, the word “comet” in Greek means “wearing long hair” or “long-haired star.” Today we […]
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The geochemistry of glass

Dec 05, 2014 No Comments by
Thanks to EAG Sponsorship, I attended last October the Plenary Days of USTV and GDR Verres (two associations for Research and Technology of Glass) in Baccarat (in the East of France). This meeting brought together private companies and universities to share new results and methods about structure and geochemistry of glass. It was a good […]
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Making Habitability a Priority

Nov 30, 2014 No Comments by
November has been a big month for big European science projects, after the successful landing of Philae probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. But Cologne, Germany is now home to more than the Rosetta Mission’s Landing Control Center. This spring, a team spearheaded by Prof. Dr. Carsten Münker at the University of Cologne was successful with a […]
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Philae landed on comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko: follow the news!

Nov 11, 2014 No Comments by
On November 12, 2014 and after 10 years of travel, the European Space Agency (ESA) carried out the first unmanned descent and landing on the surface of a comet’s nucleus. Here you can find some links to follow this mission and get detailed information about Rosetta and Philae. The Philae lander detached from Rosetta spacecraft […]
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Ironing out a few problems at Beamline I08

Oct 23, 2014 No Comments by
From the 15th to the 19th of October synchrotron veteran Liane G. Benning (University of Leeds), the “iron man” legend Rob Raiswell (University of Leeds) and myself (a PhD student in glaciology at the University of Bristol) joined the I08 beamline A-team of Burkhard Kaulich, Majid Abyaneh and Tohru Araki at the Diamond Light Source, […]
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From ice to volcanic ash: adventures of the next generation of scientists

Oct 16, 2014 No Comments by
In September 2014, 3 students benefited from the EAG Student Sponsorship Program and recount their experiences below. Joshua Blacker and Stefanie Lutz attended the International Glaciological Society conference, and Elena Maters attended the VERTIGO workshop focused on the study of volcanic ash. The International Glaciological Society British Branch (IGSBB) is an annual conference that is […]
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From the winners of the EAG Photo Contest 2014

Oct 15, 2014 No Comments

César Menor-Salván and Olivier Pourret are the winners of the EAG Photo Contest 2014 and we have asked them tell us more about their photos and their passion… “Destructive Beauty”: winning photo of the theme “The changing world: geochemistry in action” The picture shows crystals of neoformed Epsomite (magnesium sulfate heptahydrate) in a wall of […]

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3 students perspectives on GES-10

Sep 18, 2014 No Comments

The Geochemistry of the Earth’s Surface (GES-10) conference took place on 18-22 August in Paris and the EAG proudly supported student attendance by providing grants of 200 Euros per student. Below are the experiences of some of those students. Thanks to the support from the European Association of Geochemistry I was able to attend the […]

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Holuhraun eruption from the plane

Sep 06, 2014 No Comments

It is Wednesday morning. I arrive at my office at the University of Iceland after the International Carbon Conference in Reykjavík and quick visit to Oslo. In the hallway I am already going over my to do list in my mind. The first person I meet is Nicole, calling: “We are flying to the eruption! […]

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Lava, Ice and Carbon: A truly Icelandic conference

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments

Global media attention was drawn to Iceland last week when days of increased seismic activity around Bárðarbunga culminated in the spectacular fissure eruption in the Holuhraun lava field. Just a few hours before this eruption started I and about 80 other geologists were standing next to a similar fissure site that marked the start of […]

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