Current Earth Sciences Library News, No. 527, the 2014 Bridgemas Edition

Most exciting news of term?

The Sedgwick Museum is selling glow in the dark T-shirts!!!!!!

Most disappointing news of term?

The Sedgwick Museum glow in the dark t-shirts only come in children’s sizes.

Sedgwick Club Careers Event news


It was yet another triumph of careers and keg for the sedgwick club last wednesday, in case you’ve forgoten who was there; and here a link to the exiting pictures without music.

Printing news

In other exciting news we now have a new copier/scanner/printer in the library. Its functions are almost a replica of the old one except faster and quieter. It is called north-colour. Both machines will be running paralell until the new one has bedded in satisfactorily. For instructions on how to connect it to your laptop, if you haven’t already please follow this link:

Literature research news

An interesting piece, Google Scholar is Filled with Junk Science, about the potential pitfalls of using google scholar as your main research literature resource.

Google Scholar works well for known-item searches, for example, when you quickly need to locate a known article or a paper by a known author. It performs poorly, on the other hand, at finding an article on a specific topic. It doesn’t use controlled vocabularies and includes junk science in its index. If you aren’t an expert, you are unable to separate out the junk science from the authentic science, and both are included one after another in Google Scholar search results. For those seeking the top scholarly literature on a given subject, the best resource is a focused, high-quality, curated database licensed by a library.

For contrast read this Uprising: Less prestigious journals publishing greater share of high-impact papers

a study released 9 October by the team that develops Google Scholar, the free literature search engine now used by virtually every scientist in the world. The study is the strongest evidence yet that the dominance of the elite journals is eroding, thanks in part to how much easier it has become for scientists to find and cite obscure but relevant papers.

BAS library news

For heavy duty users of the BAS library please be aware that they will be partially closed through the first half of 2015 – the library is being rebuilt in a new part of the building and much of it will be in storage while work is carried out. They are anticipating their book collection to remain accessible (though it’s not on LibrarySearch – catalogue at but most journals will have to go into storage.


Gilligan, Amy and Roecker, Steven W. and Priestley, Keith F. and Nunn, Ceri (2014) Shear velocity model for the Kyrgyz Tien Shan from joint inversion of receiver function and surface wave data. Geophysical Journal International, 199 (1). pp. 480-498. ISSN 0956-540X, 1365-246X

Kuhs, Marion and Austin, William E. N. and Abbott, Peter M. and Hodell, David A. (2014) Iceberg-rafted tephra as a potential tool for the reconstruction of ice-sheet processes and ocean surface circulation in the glacial North Atlantic. In: Marine Tephrochronology. Special publication, 398 (398). The Geological Society, pp. 141-155.

Li, S and Ding, X and Ren, J and Moya, X and Li, J and Sun, J and Salje, E. K. H. (2014) Strain-controlled thermal conductivity in ferroic twinned films. Scientific Reports, 4. p. 6375. ISSN 2045-2322, ESSN: 2045-2322

Motaghi, K. and Tatar, M. and Priestley, K. and Romanelli, F. and Doglioni, C. and Panza, G. F. (2014) The deep structure of the Iranian Plateau. Gondwana Research. (In Press)

Nataf, GF and Castillo-Villa, PO and Baró, J and Illa, X and Vives, E and Planes, A and Salje, E. K. H. (2014) Avalanches in compressed porous SiO(2)-based materials. Physical Review E statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics, 90. 022405. ISSN ISSN: 1539-3755, ESSN: 1550-2376

Nataf, GF and Castillo-Villa, PO and Sellappan, P and Kriven, WM and Vives, E and Planes, A and Salje, E. K. H. (2014) Predicting failure: acoustic emission of berlinite under compression. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 26. p. 275401. ISSN 0953-8984, 1361-648X

Prentice, Katy and Jones, Tom Dunkley and Lees, Jackie and Young, Jeremy and Bown, Paul and Langer, Gerald and Fearn, Sarah and EIMF, na (2014) Trace metal (Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca) analyses of single coccoliths by Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 146. pp. 90-106. ISSN 0016-7037

Salje, E. K. H. and Dahmen, K. A. (2014) Crackling Noise in Disordered Materials. Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics, 5. pp. 233-254.

Salje, E. K. H. and Wang, X and Ding, X and Sun, J (2014) Simulating acoustic emission: The noise of collapsing domains. Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics), 90 (ARTN 0). ISSN 0168-583X

Sivan, Orit and Antler, Gilad and Turchyn, Alexandra V. and Marlow, Jeffrey J. and Orphan, Victoria J. (2014) Iron oxides stimulate sulfate-driven anaerobic methane oxidation in seeps. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (40). E4139-E4147.

Vautravers, Maryline J. (2014) Insight into the latest Messinian (5.7–5.2~Ma) palaeoclimatic events from two deep-sea Atlantic Ocean ODP Sites. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 407. pp. 14-24. ISSN 0031-0182

Zhao, Benzhong and MacMinn, Christopher W. and Huppert, Herbert E. and Juanes, Ruben (2014) Capillary pinning and blunting of immiscible gravity currents in porous media. Water Resources Research, 50 (9). pp. 7067-7081. ISSN 1944-7973

Zhao, Z and Ding, X and Salje, E. K. H. (2014) Flicker vortex structures in multiferroic materials. Applied Physics Letters, 105 (ARTN 1). ISSN 00036951

Recently published

Parnell-Turner, Ross and Cann, Johnson and Smith, Deborah K. and Schouten, Hans and Yoerger, Dana and Palmiotto, Camilla and Zheleznov, Alexey and Bai, Hailong (2014) Sedimentation Rates Test Models of Oceanic Detachment Faulting. Geophysical Research Letters, 41. pp. 7080-7088. ISSN 0094-8276

Parnell-Turner, Ross and White, Nicky and Henstock, Tim and Murton, Bramley and Maclennan, John and Jones, Stephen M. (2014) A Continuous 55 Million Year Record of Transient Mantle Plume Activity Beneath Iceland. Nature Geoscience. ISSN 1752-0894 EISSN: 1752-0908



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