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Ô Canada!

This summer, Simon Lloyd’s and my PhD projects of researching Earth’s magnetic field of the Proterozoic started in the geomagnetic laboratory at University of Liverpool. After a month of literature review, our attention was fully caught by Canada, where (Neo-)Proterozoic … Continue reading

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Fieldwork in Canada!

It’s that chance for a Palaeomagnetist to get from behind the desk and into, perhaps, a part of the world they have not seen before. It’s a chance to see the ancient rocks in their natural environment and the opportunity … Continue reading

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DEEP gets underway

Determining Earth Evolution from palaeomagnetism (DEEP) is the new group formed within the University of Liverpool as a result of funding from The Leverhulme Trust. This exciting project will see us attempting to significantly improve global records of geomagnetic behaviour … Continue reading

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AGU 2016

(Written by our newest PhD, Michael Grappone) Even though it is only my third month as a PhD student in the lab, I just had the opportunity to attend the 2016 American Geophysical Union conference.  The Duncan Norman Research Scholarship … Continue reading

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Things are RAPIDly progressing in the lab…

So back in April, the lab received our brand new 2G Vertical SQUID Magnetometer with RAPID automatic sample changer. It is now up and running and the first lucky people have had the chance to use it. One of the … Continue reading

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The Levantine Spike… and some badly drawn pigs

So I’m a little late in posting this but it wasn’t too long ago that I attended the Institute of Rock Magnetism’s Summer School. Generally the School is only run every two years but, due to changes to the labs … Continue reading

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A mechanically driven dynamo?

  All the standard text books say that Earth’s magnetic field is driven by convection. But what if it isn’t? I recently attended the SEDI (Studies of Earth’s Deep Interior) meeting in Nantes, France and was impressed by the work … Continue reading

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An Andy Warhol Moment for Liverpool’s Geomagnetism Group?

Pop-artist Andy Warhol famously stated that: “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”. I suspect that yesterday may be the closest we will ever get to proving him right. A paper on which I am lead-author claims … Continue reading

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How do we know the magnetic field comes from inside?

Recently, I received an interesting email from Dmitry who wrote the following: “According to the Dynamo theory Earth’s magnetic field is generated by rotating, convecting and electrically conducting fluid that maintain a magnetic field. But what if it creates just by … Continue reading

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It’s better to burn out than fade away…well maybe

In a recent post on this blog, Prof. Richard Holme guaranteed us that a field reversal won’t affect human life for “many lifetimes to come”.  This raises the question, how fast can Earth’s magnetic field reverse?  A recent article by an … Continue reading

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