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December 26, 2013

LASI V Field Trip in Pictures

I’ve been meaning for months to post some pictures from the LASI V Field Trip that I participated in just over a year ago in November 2012. However, despite my best intentions, I never ended up posting some field trip pictures. This is primarily because I lost all of my own LASI V field trip pictures when my laptop and a hard drive were stolen from my apartment back in …

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February 20, 2013

LASI V: Silica Flour Crust and Vegetable Oil Magma– Using Laboratory Experiments to Better Understand Ground Deformation, Magma Movement, and Volcanic Eruptions

Note: Dr. Olivier Galland, a senior researcher at the Physics of Geological Processes Center of Excellence at the University of Oslo, presented a talk, “Ground deformation associated with shallow magma intrusions” at the LASI V conference in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in October 2012. The article below is based on this talk and also an interview with Dr. Galland. Over a few weeks, I am highlighting some of the research …

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February 5, 2013

LASI V: Fire and Ice– Antarctic Glaciovolcanism Provides Clues to Past Climate

Note: Dr. Sergio Rocchi, an associate professor at the University of Pisa in Italy, presented a talk, “Intravolcanic sills, lava flows, and lava-fed deltas (Victoria Land, Antarctica): Paleoenvironmental Significance” at the LASI V workshop in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in October 2012. The article below is based on this talk and also an interview with Dr. Rocchi. Over a few weeks, I am highlighting some of the research that was …

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January 17, 2013

LASI V: Field Trip Introduction

Back in late October and early November 2012, I attended the LASI V Workshop on the “physical volcanology of subvolcanic systems: laccoliths, sills, and dykes” as an observer and science writer. The workshop started out with 2 days of talks at the Pine Lodge Conference Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Recently, I have been writing about some of the research that was presented during these talks. I’ve already written …

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January 10, 2013

LASI V: Biological Interlude #3

More geology posts about the LASI V workshop are coming, but meanwhile here’s another biological interlude. One day during the  Karoo field trip, we spotted a dung beetle. Dung beetles are pretty neat little critters, actually. And they can move balls of dung remarkably quickly!

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January 9, 2013

LASI V: Xeno-Pumice– Mysterious Floating Rocks of the Canary Islands

Note: Dr. Steffi Burchardt, a senior lecturer in Structural Geology at Uppsala University in Sweden, presented a talk, “Xeno-pumice erupted offshore El Hierro, Canary Islands: A tale of stoped blocks in magma chambers?” at the LASI V workshop in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in October 2012. The article below is based on this talk and also an interview with Dr. Burchardt. Over a few weeks, I am highlighting some of …

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January 3, 2013

LASI V: Biological Interlude #2

I’m still busy writing up some more exciting geology posts related to the LASI V workshop, but meanwhile here’s another biological interlude. You may remember that back in October I wrote about an interesting monkey warning sign at Pine Lodge, the venue for the LASI V talks. A day later, I walked out of my room to go over to breakfast and– sure enough– encountered a vervet monkey.

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January 2, 2013

LASI V: Dr. Volcano in the Cave of Crystals, Naica, Mexico

Note: Dr. Dougal Jerram—aka “Dr. Volcano”— presented a talk, “When Shallow Intrusions Make Silver Mines—A Journey into Superman’s Cave, Naica, Mexico” at the LASI V workshop in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in October 2012. The article below is based on this talk and also an interview with Dr. Volcano. Over the next few weeks, I will be highlighting some of the research that was presented at the LASI V workshop. …

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December 8, 2012

LASI V: Biological Interlude #1

So, I’ve been meaning to put up another LASI V post or two, but I’ve been extremely busy with my day job over the past few weeks. I hope to have another substantive LASI V post up soon, but in the meantime here’s a lovely biological interlude post that contains pictures of some vegetation which I observed during the LASI V field trip to South Africa’s Karoo. As I geologist, …

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November 14, 2012

LASI V: Scholarships for South African Geology Students

For the LASI V workshop which I attended a couple of weeks ago, the Physics of Geological Processes (a scientific Center of Excellence in Norway and one of the workshop sponsors) offered two scholarships for South African geology students to attend the workshop. I thought I would introduce you to the two wonderful scholarship awardees here on Georneys. Both of the scholarship awardees are studying for their masters degrees in …

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