Current Earth Sciences Library News, No. 513, The Hollywood edifiton

NERC invests £100m in environmental science doctoral training

In case some of you haven’t this this: from the NERC press release :

“The Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, today announced £100m of new NERC investment in fifteen Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), which specialise in training environmental science PhD students.The DTPs will support 1200 PhD students across the fifteen partnerships … (to) include collaborations between 38 UK higher education institutions and 280 partner organisations, including businesses, policy-makers, and public and third sector organisations, such as Unilever, Scottish Water, and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).”  PDF List of DTPs

Earth Sciences Featured in the Cambridge Research News page

Reading ancient climate from plankton shells

huge X-ray microscope has revealed growth bands in plankton shells that show how shell chemistry records the sea temperature.The results could allow scientists to chart short timescale changes in ocean temperatures hundreds of millions of years ago.

Oscar Branson has made a lovely video and the paper is featured in the publications list below

Climate change: it’s all happened before …

Climate change today is considered different to climate change at any other time in Earth’s history because of its link to human activities. But large-scale changes in climate have occurred before, some gradual and some extremely rapid. Ancient civilisations experienced this, as we do, through changes in their physical environment, as Dr Judith Bunbury’s research in Egypt is revealing through her analysis of the pattern of changing landscapes. The results are providing clues to how populations adapted over the past 10,000 years. – See more at:


The second Earth Sciences department Careers Eventis this Wednesday 13th November 2013 5.00 TO 7.00 P.M. Even more guests than last year, a convivial, relaxed atmosphere to find out more about careers and of course the traditional Sedgwick Club keg (other beverages will be available).


Thousands of Cambridge University Press monographs on trial

From the eBooks@cambridge blog comes this news, “The ebooks@cambridge Service and the University Library have arranged a trial which opens up access to all Cambridge University Press monograph titles on their University Publishing Online ebooks platform.” You can search for the monographs in LibrarySearch  or from the UPO platform. The eBooks people would appreciate feedback on on the trial. Warning: if you want to browse for titles of intrerest the system is not, in my experience, very user friendly, as there is no way to filter out titles which are NOT part of the trial.

Another collection of ebooks availabe for a trial period are, very short introductions: Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas including a 9 titles in Earth Sciences – including David Norman’s Dinosaurs – and 70 under general heading of Sciences. Access is restricted to on-campus only, and you will be automatically authenticated when you enter the website.

Fun stuff

This timeline tool was brought to my attention.

Can you tell satellite images from microscopic pictures? test yourself

Lastly thank you everyone for your time and patience while the film crew was about. Here are some pictures for your entertainment.


Brand New to eprint

Aktas, Oktay and Carpenter, Michael A. and Salje, Ekhard K. H. (2013) Polar precursor ordering in BaTiO3 detected by resonant piezoelectric spectroscopy. Applied Physics Letters, 103 (14). p. 142902.

Branson, Oscar and Redfern, Simon A. T. and Tyliszczak, Tolek and Sadekov, Aleksey and Langer, Gerald and Kimoto, Katsunori and Elderfield, Henry (2013) The coordination of Mg in foraminiferal calcite. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 383. pp. 134-141. ISSN 0012-821X

Copley, Alex and Faridi, Mohammad and Ghorashi, Manoucher and Hollingsworth, James and Jackson, James and Nazari, Hamid and Oveisi, Behnam and Talebian, Morteza (2013) The 2012 August 11 Ahar earthquakes: consequences for tectonics and earthquake hazard in the Turkish-Iranian Plateau. Geophysical Journal International. ggt379.

Fontorbe, Guillaume and De La Rocha, Christina L. and Chapman, Hazel J. and Bickle, Michael J. (2013) The silicon isotopic composition of the Ganges and its tributaries. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 381. pp. 21-30. ISSN 0012-821X

Hoogakker, B. A. A. and Downy, F. and Andersson, M. A. and Chapman, M. R. and Elderfield, H. and McCave, I. N. and Lenton, T.M. and Grützner, J. (2013) Gulf Stream – subtropical gyre properties across two Dansgaard–Oeschger cycles. Quaternary Science Reviews, 81. pp. 105-113. ISSN 0277-3791

Hönisch, Bärbel and Allen, Katherine A. and Lea, David W. and Spero, Howard J. and Eggins, Stephen M. and Arbuszewski, Jennifer and deMenocal, Peter and Rosenthal, Yair and Russell, Ann D. and Elderfield, Henry (2013) The influence of salinity on Mg/Ca in planktic foraminifers – Evidence from cultures, core-top sediments and complementary δ18O. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 121. pp. 196-213. ISSN 0016-7037

Lunt, D. J. and Elderfield, H. and Pancost, R. and Ridgwell, A. and Foster, G. L. and Haywood, A. and Kiehl, J. and Sagoo, N. and Shields, C. and Stone, E. J. and Valdes, P. (2013) Warm climates of the past—a lesson for the future? This is one article from the Discussion Meeting Issue ‘Warm climates of the past—a lesson for the future?’ compiled and edited by Daniel J. Lunt, Harry Elderfield, Richard Pancost and Andy Ridgwell. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 371 (2001). p. 20130146. ISSN 1364-503X, 1471-2962

Noble, Taryn L. and Piotrowski, Alexander M. and McCave, I. Nick (2013) Neodymium isotopic composition of intermediate and deep waters in the glacial southwest Pacific. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 384. pp. 27-36. ISSN 0012-821X

Priestley, Keith and McKenzie, Dan (2013) The relationship between shear wave velocity, temperature, attenuation and viscosity in the shallow part of the mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 381. pp. 78-91. ISSN 0012-821X

Salje, Ekhard K. H. and Zhao, Ziyuan and Ding, Xiangdong and Sun, Jun (2013) Mechanical spectroscopy in twinned minerals: Simulation of resonance patterns at high frequencies. American Mineralogist, 98 (8-9). pp. 1449-1458. ISSN 0003-004X

Schiemer, Jason and O’Flynn, Daniel and Balakrishnan, Geetha and Carpenter, Michael A. (2013) Strain coupling in multiferroic phase transitions of samarium yttrium manganite Sm_{0.6}Y_{0.4}MnO_{3}. Physical Review B, 88 (5). 054108. ISSN 1098-0121, ESSN: 1550-235X

Thornalley, D. J. R. and Blaschek, M. and Davies, F. J. and Praetorius, S. and Oppo, D. W. and McManus, I. R. and Kleiven, H. F. and Renssen, H. and McCave, I. N. (2013) Long-term variations in Iceland–Scotland overflow strength during the Holocene. Climate of the past, 9 (5). pp. 2073-2084. ISSN 1814-9340

Yang, Yibo and Fang, Xiaomin and Galy, Albert and Appel, Erwin and Li, Minghui (2013) Quaternary paleolake nutrient evolution and climatic change in the western Qaidam Basin deduced from phosphorus geochemistry record of deep drilling core SG-1. Quaternary International, 313-31. pp. 156-167. ISSN 1040-6182

Recently published

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, 118. pp. 98-117. ISSN 0016-7037

Brasier, Martin D. and Liu, Alexander G. and Menon, Latha and Matthews, Jack J. and McIlroy, Duncan and Wacey, David (2013) Explaining The Exceptional Preservation of Ediacaran Rangeomorphs from Spaniard’s Bay, Newfoundland: A Hydraulic Model. Precambrian Research, 231. pp. 122-135.

Drew, J. and White, R. S. and Tilmann, F. J. and Tarasewicz, J. P. T. (2013) Coalescence Microseismic Mapping. Geophysical Journal International, 195 (3). pp. 1773-1785. ISSN 1365-246X

Edmonds, M. and Sides, I. R. and Swanson, D. A. and Werner, C. and Martin, R. S. and Mather, T. A. and Herd, R. A. and Jones, R. L. and Mead, M. I. and Sawyer, G. and Roberts, T. J. and Sutton, A.J. and Elias, T. (2013) Magma storage, transport and degassing during the 2008-10 summit eruption at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta. ISSN 0016-7037

Harvey, T. H. P. and Pedder, B. E. (2013) Copepod mandible palynomorphs from the Nolichucky Shale (Cambrian, Tennessee): implications for the taphonomy and recovery of small carbonaceous fossils. Palaios, 28 (5). pp. 278-284. ISSN 0833-1351

Mitchell, M. and White, R. S. and Roecker, S. and Greenfield, T. (2013) Tomographic image of melt storage beneath Askja volcano, Iceland using local microseismicity Geophysical Research Letters, 40 (19). pp. 5040-5046. ISSN 0094–8276

Mäkinen, A. M and Deuss, A. (2013) Normal mode splitting due to inner core attenuation anisotropy. Geophysical Journal International, 195 (3). pp. 1786-1795. ISSN 1365-246X

Pilbeam, L. H. and Nielsen, T. F. D. and Waight, T. E. (2013) Digestion Fractional Crystallization (DFC): an Important Process in the Genesis of Kimberlites. Evidence from Olivine in the Majuagaa Kimberlite, Southern West Greenland. Journal of Petrology, 54 (7). pp. 1399-1425. ISSN Print ISSN 0022-3530 – Online ISSN 1460-2415

Shorttle, Oliver and Maclennan, John and Piotrowski, Alexander M. (2013) Geochemical provincialism in the Iceland plume. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 123. pp. 363-397. ISSN 0016-7037

Walters, R. L. and Jones, S. M. and Maclennan, John (2013) Renewed melting at the abandoned Hunafloi­ Rift, northern Iceland, caused by plume pulsing. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 377. pp. 227-238. ISSN 0012-821X

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