Category: Earth Sciences

Reading Time: 4 minutes   One thing I’ve missed during lockdown is being able to go fossil hunting. It’s always interesting to find a fossil and learn more about the geology of the place you are exploring. Edinburgh is a great place for exploring, with so many landmarks and sights to see, but did you know you can find […]

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Reading Time: 6 minutes The past two years have gone by in a blink of an eye, it feels like I’ve been here forever, but it also feels like I’ve been here just a couple days. From our Q&A sessions I’ve seen a lot of questions about what it was like moving in, starting classes, making friends and joining […]

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Reading Time: 6 minutes With the current global situation, first and second year exams have been cancelled and our teaching has been moved online. We were fortunate to already have had most of our teaching in person. Our classes have now ended but today I’m going to give you a rundown of what a typical day in virtual uni […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Why did I choose to go to Edinburgh? Whilst many may say they went to Edinburgh for the prestigious reputation or that it’s a world-famous university, that wasn’t really something of much importance for me, what I really cared about was the experience and the quality of teaching – luckily enough for me these were […]

Reading Time: 6 minutes As deadines approach and exams draw close, the countdown to the winter holidays grudgingly advances at a slow pace. Fortunately, a regular Thursday’s seminar in mid November brought with it a hearty and amusing sense of relief to the palpable tension that lingers in the Grant Institude at this time of the year. Of the […]

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the millennia since the first written observation of volcanism, the study of these geological hazards has improved considerably. Volcanology in and of itself is steadily getting better at predicting the timeline of volcanic eruptions, with advances in remote sensing now employing techniques such as InSAR1, in-field seismicity and gas geochemistry. Alongside a widening scope […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes As a broad scientific field, Earth science has always employed interdisciplinary methods of research to answer the many complex questions it has posed since time immemorial. As demonstrated by a seminar delivered by Dr Ian Molnar in early October, a background in civil engineering can most certainly lead to a specialisation in contaminant hydrogeology and […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes In an early October seminar delivered by Anu Manchanda, many of us were as taken aback as we were intrigued at that week’s peculiar choice of topic. As an experienced instructor at the London branch of the oldest gemological institutions in the world1, Anu’s role at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is in teaching […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Presented by Dr Kate Crowley, this mid-October seminar at the weekly Hutton Club explored the relationship between people and hazards, in conjunction with government policies on hazard response. Although the trend of global deaths from Earth-related disasters has exhibited a general decline, many of those who do not survive such disasters are often the result […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Coming to the end of Semester 1, deadlines are nearly over and exams are shortly approaching. Before we know it, we’ll be off driving, catching the next train or flying home for Christmas. But while we’re still here, I’d like to showcase the main reason I chose to study geology. Throughout 1st, 2nd and 3rd […]

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