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Published Jan. 15, 2020 7:49 AM

Earth’s relief is in continuous change; mountains are eroded by wind and water, the valleys, seas and oceans are filling up with the scoured sediments, and the continents get thinner or thicker during these processes. But this is not all! Deep down, sometimes hundred of kilometres from the surface, much slower forces at work carving the continents upside down. New work published in Nature Communications reveals just that for Africa!

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Published Dec. 12, 2019 4:12 AM

A new open access paper out this week in Scientific Reports - Nature led by CEED researcher Lars Eivind Augland has shed new light on the Siberian Traps large igneous province - it was even bigger and more extensive than previously thought.

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Published Nov. 20, 2019 5:56 AM

Last month, from the 13-18th October the AGU Chapman conference "Large-scale Volcanism in the Arctic: The Role of the Mantle and Tectonics" was held in Selfoss, Iceland. The conference was one of the major outcomes of the CEED-led project "NOR-R-AM" which is headed by CEED Director Carmen Gaina. The culmination of over 2 years of planning, the conference was a resounding success having brought together 100 international researchers from wide-ranging backgrounds and career stages. Continue below for some of the conference and field trip highlights, and not-to-be-missed drone shots! 

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Published Nov. 8, 2019 4:08 PM

CEED researcher Alexander (Sasha) Minakov is currently onboard the brand new Norwegian research vessel R/V Kronprins Håkon - the first CEEDling to do so! Sasha is part of an interdisciplinary cruise to the Arctic and Atlantic ocean with collaborators from CAGE - Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate. He tells us more about what he is doing at sea below, and the special 'Calypso' corer.

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Published Oct. 22, 2019 6:37 PM

Slănic Moldova, Romania, is a place where art and nature mix thanks to the In Context programme. For more than three years, Alina Teodorescu has been inviting artists and musicians from all over the world to her atelier to experience Slănic’s nature and culture, and create new artwork. Through the language of art she also teaches to kids of the local schools the importance of protecting our planet and eco-sustainability. Educating the young generations to these topics is clearly essential not only for our future, but also for our present. Just look at what is happening with the movement that activist Greta Thunberg started. And this is where we come in - Geology and Education.

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Published Sep. 25, 2019 4:48 PM

With guests from at least three corners of the world, the career of Professor Fernando Corfu was celebrated with a symposium and dinner at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters Friday 13th of September 2019. Present and former colleagues and collaborators of Fernando were invited to give talks on various topics with (geo)chronology as a common theme.

Published Sep. 12, 2019 10:05 AM

Studying gas samples from active hydrocarbon fields could be considered a routine task, however, throw an nearby active volcanic arc into this mix and you’ll be in for a few surprises. A new LUSI Lab CEED-INGV collaborative study published in JGR: Solid Earth, reveals that hydrocarbon reservoirs in NE Java, Indonesia, are connected through a system of faults to the neighbouring Arjuno-Welirang volcanic complex. The work, led by CEED PhD student Alexandra Zaputlyaeva, used geochemical measurements of gases and subsurface geophysics to trace out the migration pathways.

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Published May 29, 2019 1:18 PM

Similar to using a big spoon to stir a pot of tomato sauce, sinking tectonic plates into the Earth’s mantle generate flow patterns. And if you shift stirring styles then the mantle will be mixed together in a different way. A new study by CEED researcher Valentina Magni, published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, shows how mantle flow can cause changes in melt production and composition at volcanic arcs.

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Published Apr. 12, 2019 9:09 AM

Today Mars is dry, cold and has an atmosphere a hundred times thinner than the Earth’s. However, more than 3.7 billion years ago Mars was likely more humid and warmer than our planet today. But how was this possible? A new study by Benjamin Bultel and coworkers from CEED, IMPMC (Institut de Minéralogie, Physique des Matériaux et Cosmochimie) and IAS (Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale), published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, has discovered a new piece of puzzle of the early Mars climate. They found that surface carbonates formed in a CO2-rich atmosphere that was much thicker than present.

Published Apr. 4, 2019 10:28 PM

The world's oceans are blanketed in sediments - in some places the sedimentary cover is very thick and in other places it is just a mere sprinkling. New work by CEED and international collaborators reveals a new and improved map of sedimentary thickness for the world's oceans, and it reveals far more sediments than previously thought!

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