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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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From Russia with Rocks (and a suitcase full of prezzies…)

I have just returned from my first trip to Russia and the Moscow and Borok Labs. There was originally supposed to be fieldwork in southern Siberia this Summer: sampling rocks with the hope they would tell us about the Earth’s … Continue reading

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So is this it, are we all going to die?

Today’s (7/7/2014) Metro newspaper has a nice article in the Metrocosm section by Ben Gilliland entitled “Portends of magnetogeddon” . Apart from the slight alarmism, it’s (as usual with Ben) pretty good, and I’m pleased to see him talk up … Continue reading

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New paper in G-Cubed to improve consistency in measurements of the ancient magnetic field strength

Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3 or G-Cubed) is an online-only journal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). It’s format means it is perfect for publishing papers with large supplementary information or appendices. That is definitely the case for this latest publication, lead-authored … Continue reading

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