It is innovative learning week again, so, as in previous years, I joined the meteorological walk up Arthur’s seat. Here we are, measuring the temperature and pressure at the summit trig point. The atmosphere was in hydrostatic equilibrium just as much as in 2014 and 2015: (see 2014 post for details). If anything, the points formContinue reading ILW: nice weather for a change
I was down in the Lake District at the weekend, just to the North of Broughton-in-Furness. Not on a field trip this time; I was there to meet up with my family and go for a walk. But that still meant encountering some weather and some rocks. The weather was pleasant, with high, thin, cloudContinue reading Hexagons
I was on the annual geophysics field course last week, so, as promised, here is what happened. This year, we were in the White Peak, the part of the Peak District near Tideswell, Derbyshire, and as in previous years, with staff and students from the universities of Münster and Paris Sud. The students were dividedContinue reading Cows, Halos, Gravity
I have spent the last week on the 4th-year geophysics field course (see earlier posts here and here). I’ll blog about that soon; I want another little look at the data first. The first thing I did once I got home was to go on another field trip — the first year day trip toContinue reading A first look into the abyss of time
I’m back from the Helmsdale field course, so here are a few photos from the Thursday and Friday. We went to Lothbeg Point on Thursday morning. The river was much higher than last time I was here, so I didn’t attempt to cross it to view the outcrop from the far bank. It is notContinue reading Back to the far North: Part III
The Helmsdale field course continues, following yesterday’s stops to look at the Permian/Triassic sandstones to the south of the Moray Firth. We started today by visiting Ousdale quarry to look at the Devonian sediments. The weather was not auspicious: the cloudbase was lower than the quarry. This meant that the vegetation was very wet. SoContinue reading Back to the far North part II: a day of two halves.
I’m on the Helmsdale field course again, with the students going into the third year of the geophysics degrees. Unlike two years ago I’m not here as a driver; we have switched to using a professional coach driver. Actually, I have sneaked onto the trip because someone dropped out after all the accommodation had beenContinue reading Back to the far North: part 1.
I spotted this nice display of noctilucent clouds last night. I have blogged about these clouds before; as I noted then I don’t observe them seriously, but I do keep an eye out for them. This year it has taken me until nearly the end of the season to see any. People sometimes give theContinue reading Noctilucent clouds: catching the end of the season
I spent yesterday afternoon at the University of Edinburgh’s graduation ceremony. I am in two minds about attending graduations. They are quite long, and you have to listen to a speech which you have heard several times before. But I think it is important to say goodbye to each year’s crop of geophysics graduates asContinue reading Leaving the nest
We went for a short walk today, to Fast Castle, a small ruin on the coast between Dunbar and St. Abbs. There isn’t a lot of castle left; we really went there to look at the nesting seabirds, such as this handsome razorbill. Fast Castle isn’t that far from Dunbar, but it is far enoughContinue reading Silurian and Devonian: Hutton’s unconformity