Earth Sciences Library News, No. 508 – the fun packed exam edition


Look at this cliff doing something which probably has an appropriate geological name I’m unaware of …

Fun with the Smith’s map

A little follow up to our display of the William Smith map last week, you can see how a modern map fits in with the Smith map on the British Geological Survey site, click on the map viewer link under OpenGeoscience and open the viewer for geology of Britain. In the top right hand corner there’s a little box and at the bottom the option to Switch Base Map, select it and then select the William Smith Map from the options and have fun. Here’s a quick video of what it looks like:

Want Soil Atlases? You’re in luck

The Soil Atlas of Africa is available for download free of charge

Also available is the Soil Atlas of Europe

Open Access reports

A couple of interesting Open Access papers for your reading pleasure:

RLUK UK wide survey of academics spotlights researchers’ reliance on open access. The main highlights are as follows;

  • Access limitations– While 86% of respondents report relying on their college or university library collections and subscriptions, 49% indicated that they would often like to use journal articles that are not in those collections. (Figure 19, page 37)
  • Use of open resources – If researchers can’t find the resources or information they need through their university library, 90% of respondents often or occasionally look online for a freely available version. (Figures 21, page 40.)
  • The Internet as starting point – 40% of researchers surveyed said that when beginning a project they start by searching the internet for relevant materials, with only 2% visiting the physical library as a first port of call. (Figure 6, page 22.)
  • Following one’s peers– The findings suggest that the majority of researchers track the work of colleagues and leading researchers as a way of keeping up to date with developments in their field. (Figure 9, page 26.)
  • Emergence of e-publications– The findings show that e-journals have largely replaced physical usage for research, but that contrasting views exist on replacement of print by e-publications, where print still holds importance within the Humanities and Social Sciences and for in-depth reading in general. (Figure 16, page 34and Figures 10-13, pages 28-31.)

You can read the full report here

and this A study of the growth and development of Open Access publishing, an interesting paper as it’s a quantitative attempt to examine the history and development of open access publishing

Alumni Day thanks

Lastly a big thank you to the Part IIIs & Part IIs who weren’t too grumpy about clearing the library on Alumni Day for the display.

Some alumni enjoying reading old Sedgwick Club minute books

Puzzles news

3 have now been completed:

And something from the charity shop with 3 pieces missing
3rd puzzle


Publications Brand New to eprint

Antler, Gilad and Turchyn, Alexandra V. and Rennie, Victoria. R. and Herut, Barak and Sivan, Orit (2013) Coupled sulfur and oxygen isotope insight into bacterial sulfate reduction in the natural environment. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta . (In Press)

Davies, Neil S. and Gibling, Martin R. (2013) The sedimentary record of Carboniferous rivers: Continuing influence of land plant evolution on alluvial processes and Palaeozoic ecosystems. Earth-Science Reviews, 120 . pp. 40-79. ISSN 0012-8252

Ding, X. and Lookman, T. and Salje, E. K. H. and Saxena, A. (2013) Twinning in Strained Ferroelastics: Microstructure and Statistics. JOM, 65 (3). pp. 401-407.

Gibson, S. A. and McMahon, S. C. and Day, J. A. and Dawson, J. B. (2013) Highly-refractory lithospheric mantle beneath the Tanzanian Craton: evidence from Lashaine pre-metasomatic garnet-bearing peridotites. Journal of Petrology . ISSN Print ISSN 0022-3530 – Online ISSN 1460-2415

Golding, Madeleine J. and Huppert, Herbert E. and Neufeld, Jerome A. (2013) The effects of capillary forces on the axisymmetric propagation of two-phase, constant-flux gravity currents in porous media. Physics of Fluids, 25 (3). 036602-036602. ISSN 10706631

Grauel, A. L. and Schmid, Thomas W. and Hu, Bin and Bergami, Caterina and Capotondi, Lucilla and Zhou, Liping and Bernasconi, Stefano M. (2013) Calibration and application of the ‘clumped isotope’ thermometer to foraminifera for high-resolution climate reconstructions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 108 . pp. 125-140.

Harrison, Richard J. and Palin, Erika J. and Perks, Natasha (0004) A computational model of cation ordering in the magnesioferrite-qandilite (MgFe2O4-Mg2TiO4) solid solution and its potential application to titanomagnetite (Fe3O4-Fe2TiO4). American Mineralogist, 98 (4). pp. 698-708. ISSN 0003-004X

Hogg, Charlie AR and Marti, Clelia L. and Huppert, Herbert E. and Imberger, Jörg (2013) Mixing of an interflow into the ambient water of Lake Iseo. Limnology and Oceanography, 58 (2). pp. 579-592. ISSN 024-3590, eISSN: 1939-5590

Lerosey-Aubril, Rudy and Ortega-Hernández, Javier and Zhu, Xuejian (2013) The first aglaspidid sensu stricto from the Cambrian of China (Sandu Formation, Guangxi). Geological Magazine, 150 (03). pp. 565-571.

Namur, Olivier and Humphreys, Madeleine C. S. and Holness, Marian B. (2013) Lateral Reactive Infiltration in a Vertical Gabbroic Crystal Mush, Skaergaard Intrusion, East Greenland. Journal of Petrology, 54 (5). pp. 985-1016.

Nataf, Guillaume F. and Li, Qian and Liu, Yun and Withers, Ray L. and Driver, Sarah L. and Carpenter, Michael A. (2013) Ferroelastic aspects of relaxor ferroelectric behaviour in Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 perovskite. Journal of Applied Physics, 113 (12). p. 124102.

Phillips, J. C. and Humphreys, M. C. S. and Daniels, K. A. and Brown, R. J. and Witham, F. (2013) The formation of columnar joints produced by cooling in basalt at Staffa, Scotland. Bulletin of Volcanology, 75 (6). pp. 1-17.

Smye, Andrew J. and Warren, Clare J. and Bickle, Mike J. (2013) The signature of devolatisation: Extraneous 40Ar systematics in high-pressure metamorphic rocks. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 113 . pp. 94-112.

Turchyn, A. V. and Tipper, E. T. and Galy, A. and Lo, J-K (2013) Isotope evidence for secondary sulfide precipitation along the Marsyandi River, Nepal, Himalayas. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta . (Submitted)

Vázquez Riveiros, Natalia and Waelbroeck, Claire and Skinner, Luke and Duplessy, Jean-Claude and McManus, Jerry F. and Kandiano, Evgenia S. and Bauch, Henning A. (2013) The “MIS 11 paradox” and ocean circulation: Role of millennial scale events. Earth and Planetary Science Letters . (In Press)


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