Current Earth Sciences Library News, No. 515, the Christmas Eve edition

Current Earth Sciences Library News, No. 515, 23rd December 2013

Good and bad research news, the Guardian reports

“The UK is producing less research in science, mathematics and engineering than a decade ago, but has surpassed the US to be ranked first for its research quality, according to a new report” Read on here

In case any of you missed it, Nobel prize winner Randy Scheckman “says his lab will no longer send papers to Nature, Cell and Science as they distort scientific process”, more here (

Why do academics blog?
It’s not for public outreach, research shows logging is touted as bridge between academia and the world but study finds it functions more like global common room (

Volcano lightning in a lab news – first time ever it would seem

Corrado Cimarelli of Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, and his colleagues simulated a volcanic eruption by placing ash in a shock tube. Read the Open Access paper here:

Media outreach news

  • Simon Redfern’s piece in the Conversation, Mosaic of Lakes and Seas Spotted on Saturn’s Moon Titan, gets featured in Scientific American
  • A couple of young geologists film our own Charlotte Kenchington as she talk about Charnia at the BGS

The Giant Geode of Pulpi (Almeria, Spain) – 3D Mine Galleries Access to the Giant Geode

Library Closed News

The library will close at 5.00 p.m. on Monday 23rd December 2013 and re-open at noon on Thursday 2nd January 201. I will be checking emails periodically.


Brand New to eprint

Bunbury, Judith (2013) Geomorphological Development of the Memphite Floodplain Over the Past 6,000 Years. Studia Quaternaria, 30 (2). pp. 61-67. ISSN 1641-5558

Czarnota, K. and Roberts, G. G. and White, N. J. and Fishwick, S. Spatial and Temporal Pattern of Australian Dynamic Topography from River Profile Modeling. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. ISSN 0148-0227 (In Press)

Hewitt, Duncan R. and Neufeld, Jerome A. and Lister, John R. (2013) Stability of columnar convection in a porous medium. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 737. pp. 205-231. ISSN 0022-1120, ESSN: 1469-7645

McNamara, K. J. (2013) First footfall:the first animals ever to walk on dry land. GeoScientist, 23 (11). pp. 10-15. ISSN ISSN: 0961-5628, ESSN: 2045-1784

Pegler, Samuel S. and Huppert, Herbert E. and Neufeld, Jerome A. (2013) Topographic controls on gravity currents in porous media. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 734. pp. 317-337. ISSN 0022-1120

Plail, Melissa and Edmonds, Marie and Humphreys, Madeleine C. S. and Barclay, Jenni and Herd, Richard A. (2014) Geochemical evidence for relict degassing pathways preserved in andesite. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 386. pp. 21-33. ISSN 0012-821X


Recently published

Jones, Stephen M. and Murton, Bramley J. and Fitton, J. Godfrey and White, Nicholas J. and Maclennan, John and Walters, Rachel J. (2014) A Joint Geochemical-Geophysical Record of Time-Dependent Mantle Convection South of Iceland. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 386. pp. 86-97. ISSN 0012-821X

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