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The science behind the science

Aug 19, 2017 No Comments 1130 views

What do you think – in five days of Goldschmidt presentations, the product of how many years worth of labwork have you seen projected onto the screen, how many months of troubleshooting, how many weeks of tuning ICP-MS and calibrating microprobes? I reckon they must be plentiful. Confronted with such an impressive cumulative dedication to […]

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Conscripting plants and the microbial community for mineral exploration

Aug 18, 2017 No Comments 1304 views

Geologists have a great deal of geochemical tools for exploration of new mineral deposits. But, as most of the unexploited treasure is hiding at great depth, geologists have to invent and employ increasingly unusual tools to uncover new mineral resources. After seismic and electromagnetics, the potential of geomicrobiology is being investigated. Last Tuesday, Rachel Simister […]

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The rain, the Seine and the Eiffel Tower

Aug 18, 2017 No Comments 773 views

Paris appears to be a bit sad that this year’s conference is drawing to end since it has started to rain yesterday evening. The rain was especially timely for those making their way from the Palais des congrès to the River Banquet Cruise near Pont des Invalides. But luckily geochemists are not the sort of people to […]

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Any questions for the speaker?

Aug 17, 2017 No Comments 694 views

Over the past few days, we have all heard our fair share of audience questions. As most of you may know, the main purpose of these questions is to enhance the audience’s understanding of the presented information. In many cases, this simply results in the need for the further explanation of a certain graph or […]

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The Curie Legacy

Aug 16, 2017 No Comments 815 views

The plenary talk given today by Hélène Langevin-Joliot was one of the most highly anticipated talks of the week, made clear by the packed amphitheatre. Hélène, a nuclear physicist herself, is the granddaughter of Pierre and Marie Curie. The accomplished family boasts an impressive 5 Nobel Prizes between them, with Marie becoming the first person […]

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“That is wild! Nature made proteins that are ultra acidic” – How Corals Make Rocks

Aug 16, 2017 No Comments 492 views

Good morning! This is my second Goldschmidt during my PhD and luckily I was able to join the EAG Blogging Team again (the first time was 2 years ago in Prague). Also very fortunate to have given my oral presentation of my research Monday morning. Thus I have non-stop enjoying all the talks and posters these past few […]

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Love Triangles and Spies – Geochemistry in 3 minutes

Aug 15, 2017 No Comments 927 views

Goldschmidt 2017 sees the introduction of the pop-up talks; an exciting new initiative organised by three early-career scientists (Steffi Lutz, Kimberley Bitterwolf, and Alex Holland). Eleven students gave a series of 3-minute TED-style talks covering topics ranging from the origins of life to mine waste particles. Their mission was to convey a well-formulated idea in […]

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How the Roman Empire can be linked to geochemistry

Aug 15, 2017 No Comments 700 views

Throughout our geological education, we are taught to think in terms of deep time. To forget about weeks and months and focus on the millions and billions. However, when the time span of human history is taken into consideration, the geological time scale never seems to fit, discounting the Anthropocene of course. As a result, […]

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Goldschmidt Wild Orbit Cinema

Aug 15, 2017 No Comments 449 views

Goldschmidt, like all conferences, is about communicating science among like-minded individuals, and connecting with people. The necessity to communicate this science more broadly – to members of the public, school children, or to people working in seemingly unrelated research fields – has also become widely acknowledged. Enter, Wild Orbit Films (@wildorbitfilms), a production company led […]

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Is it a thunderstone? Is it a pallasite? No – it is Goldschmidt 2017!

Aug 14, 2017 No Comments 473 views

It’s official – Goldschmidt 2017 has kicked off! After a convivial, ice-breaking party yesterday night, things got serious this morning, with a myriad of sessions well on their way. At 11:45 then the brief opening ceremony: the organising comittee explained to the community that there were a total of 7100 litres of coffee to be […]

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