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The Rosetta mission was approved in 1993, and was successfully launched in 2004 to fly to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Finally, we have reached the target.
Starting my masters in geophysics, and then choosing a thesis focusing on numerical models of mantle convection at CEED, I did not think I would get to travel. I was then excited when my supervisor suggested that I should go to the GeoMod2014 conference held in Potsdam in the start of September. Being both excited and a bit nervous at the same time, the owner was probably not that ready.
Have you heard of the mantle rocks hanging out on the Norwegian mountains? It seems not many people have, which is strange because they’ve been there for at least the last Eon or so. This is the tale of my field work looking at these rocks over the last summer. These mantle rocks have hidden themselves well amongst a thin unit of mixed metamorphosed oceanic sediments called a Melange. The melange unit is trapped structurally below the Middle Allochthon crystalline nappes. It is thin but stretches all the way from the Bergen arcs and about 400km north-eastwards to Røros (and beyond?).
What can 130 geophysicists, geochemists, mineral physicists, geodynamicists, petrologists and amateur geologists do to our understanding of deep Earth?
In early August, Adam Durant participated in a large study of a landfill site near Ipswich in the UK. Read about his impressions from the smelly fieldwork – and why he went there.
The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the high Arctic Ocean is a truly remarkable place. We travelled to Longyearbyen in October 2013 and April 2014 to get samples of volcanic ash layers.
In March 2014, my colleagues and I published a paper in Science. Here are the highlights – and the implications.
This week we all go to Kongsberg, a small town south-east of Oslo. The first academic training in Norway started here in 1757, primarily related to mining, mineralogy, and chemistry. Kongsberg is still famous for the old silver mines and spectacular mineral samples.
Are you going to the EGU meeting and are curious about our research – then come and see us!
Text: Henrik H. Svensen
In a recent paper ― “A Precambrian microcontinent in the Indian Ocean” (published online in Nature Geoscience on February 24) ― we argue that Mauritius is underlain by continental crust and could be part of a larger microcontinent that we named Mauritia.
Text: Trond H.Torsvik