Current Earth Sciences Library News, No. 500, the half a K edition

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The Art of Science 

I found this so fascinating, I felt the need to share. Firstly because it’s visualising something we see in the department quite frequently but in a totally different way and secondly, because it’s made with a 3D printer.


Can you tell which earthquake this is from? Find the answer and more details about the Art of Science in the Finch & Pea blog.

Warning: this next bit has nothing to do with geology, and everything to do with men’s health …

  It’s Movember next month!


While the gents grow luxurious geo-moustaches, making the ladies swoon and other NatScis seethe with envy we should also think a bit on what it’s all about.

Here are some stats:

  • Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men aged 15-44
  • It affects around 2,000 men a year in the UK
  • Testicular cancer is now more than 95% curable

In February of this year Rob Sparkes, one of our Ph.D. candidates,  wrote his first blog post about his first bout of chemotherapy after having had testicular cancer. It was very quickly from first feeling something abnormal to biopsy to operation, I believe it all happened in less than 3 weeks. Thankfully, Rob is fine, his prognosis is good, but that is largely due to the tumour having been caught so early. So chaps, it doesn’t matter if you grow a moustache or not, but it may matter a great deal if you don’t check yourself regularly.  To help you in this process,  here is a link to Rob’s own unofficial guide to testicular cancer screening.

Rob has completed his thesis, been Viva-ed, got married last month and has already started work as a post-doc in Manchester.

Thank you Rob for the generous permission to use your story and your blog.


Publications Brand New to eprint

Douglas, Peter M.J. and Pagani, Mark and Brenner, Mark and Hodell, David A. and Curtis, Jason H. (2012) Aridity and vegetation composition are important determinants of leaf-wax δD values in southeastern Mexico and Central America. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 97 . pp. 24-45. ISSN 0016-7037

Dudfield, Peter and Woods, Andrew W. (2012) On the periodic injection of fluid into, and its extraction from, a porous medium for seasonal heat storage. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 707 . pp. 467-481.

Kuesters, Andrea S. and Woods, Andrew W. (2012) On the competition between lateral convection and upward displacement in a multi-zone naturally ventilated space. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 707 . pp. 393-404.

Landel, Julien R. and Caulfield, C. P. and Woods, Andrew W. (2012) Streamwise dispersion and mixing in quasi-two-dimensional steady turbulent jets. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, FirstView . pp. 1-47.

Martin, R. S. and Sawyer, G. M. and Day, J. A. and LeBlond, J. S. and Ilyinskaya, E. and Oppenheimer, C. (2012) High-resolution size distributions and emission fluxes of trace elements from Masaya volcano, Nicaragua. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117 (B8). B08206.

Masoomzadeh, Hassan and Singh, Satish C. and Barton, Penny J. (2012) Shifted-elliptical nonstretch moveout correction of wide-angle seismic data in the τ-p domain, using an example from the Faeroe-Shetland Basin. Geophysics, 77 (5). B227-B236. ISSN 0016-8033, 1942-2156

Motaghi, K. and Tatar, M. and Shomali, Z.H. and Kaviani, A. and Priestley, K. High resolution image of uppermost mantle beneath NE Iran continental collision zone. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 208–209 . pp. 38-49. ISSN 0031-9201

Mott, Richard W. and Woods, Andrew W. (2012) Quasi-steady states in natural displacement ventilation driven by periodic gusting of wind. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 707 . pp. 1-23.

Pillans, B. and Gibbard, P. (2012) The Quaternary Period. In: The Geologic Time Scale 2012. The Geological Time Scale, 2 . Elsevier, pp. 979-1010. ISBN 9780444594259

Piotrowski, A. M. and Galy, A. and Nicholl, J. A. L. and Roberts, N. and Wilson, D. J. and Clegg, J. A. and Yu, J. (2012) Reconstructing deglacial North and South Atlantic deep water sourcing using foraminiferal Nd isotopes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 357–358 . pp. 289-297. ISSN 0012-821X

Priestley, K. F. and McKenzie, D. P. and Barron, J. and Tatar, M. and Debayle, E. (2012) he Zagros Core: Deformation of the continental lithospheric mantle. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems – GCubed . (Submitted)

Salje, E. K. H. and Carpenter, M. A. (2012) Local Symmetry Breaking in the Bulk and in Domain Boundaries: Breit–Wigner Damping of Phonons and Acoustic Resonances. Ferroelectrics, 433 (1). pp. 111-122. ISSN 0015-0193

Schuler, J. and Christie, P. A. F. and White, R. S. (2012) Borehole study of compressional and shear attenuation of basalt flows penetrated by the Brugdan and William wells on the Faroes shelf. Geophysical Prospecting . ISSN Print ISSN: 0016-8025 Online ISSN: 1365-2478

Vautravers, Maryline J. and Hodell, David A. and Channell, James E.T. and Hillenbrand, Claus-Dieter and Hall, Mike A. and Smith, James and Larter, Robert D. (2012) Palaeoenvironmental records from the West Antarctic Peninsula drift sediments over the last 75 ka. In: Antarctic Palaeoenvironments and Earth-Surface Processes. Geological Society Special Publication . Geological Society of London. (Submitted)


Sparkes, Robert Byron (2012) Marine Sequestration of Particulate Organic Carbon from Mountain Belts. PhD thesis, University of Cambridge.

Now Published 

Gibson, S. A. and Geist, D. G and Day, J. A. and Dale, C. W. (2012) Short wavelength heterogeneity in the Galápagos plume: evidence from compositionally-diverse basalts on Isla Santiago. G3 Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 13 . Q09007. ISSN 1525-2027

Holness, Marian B. and Richardson, C. N. and Helz, Rosalind T. (2012) Disequilibrium dihedral angles in dolerite sills: A new proxy for cooling rate. Geology, 40 (9). pp. 795-798. ISSN 0091-7613, 1943-2682

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