This year 15 students participated in the Masters-level course “A Changing Arctic” which blends social, legal, geopolitical and natural science topics. The students brought a diverse range of backgrounds including law, industry, chemistry, politics, oceanography, geophysics and societal studies, and came from several European nations as well as Russia, Mexico and China. In addition to lectures by UiO staff, several guest lecturers were invited from industry and research institutions around Norway, plus Alaska and Copenhagen.
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My interest in the deep, cold far North might seem an interesting arena of study for an Aussie but such is the international domain of geosciences – research takes you places, and not just for interesting conferences!
Viewing the daily frames obtained by the NASA MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, Geochemistry, and Ranging) mission, we can enjoy an amazing flight over the surface of the planet Mercury. We know that surprises are hidden among the images
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.
CEED-researcher Adriano Mazzini participated in a Lake Baikal cruise in July. Get the updates here
Read about the highlights from the CEED excursion in the Oslo Fjord (June 2014), written by some of the participants.