Duna Roda Boluda, between the 16th of February and 7th of March, visited SUERC (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre) to utilise their cosmogenic nuclide facilities. Beryllium-10 analysis was conducted on 15 samples to obtain catchment-averaged erosion rate data for normal fault-bounded catchments in Southern Italy. The analyses were funded by a NERC grant of £13,000 pounds that she and supervisor Alex Whittaker obtained last June.
Chris Jackson visited VNG Norge in Stavanger, Norway to discuss the tectono-stratigraphic of the Halten Terrace area, with a particular emphasis on the structural style and stratigraphic development of the area in response to Late Jurassic rifting. He visited the core store to look at a lot (>500 m) of spectacular core taken through the deep-water syn-rift reservoir intervals of the Pil and Bua discoveries, before giving a presentation on work arising from the Statoil-funded Salt-Influenced Rift Basins (SIRB) project. The view from the presentation room was stunning and, it seems, the Norwegians like to name their hotel meeting rooms after oil fields…
Marijn van Cappelle has been awarded €1880 from the Dr Schürmannfonds research grant. The funding will be used for fieldwork on the tide influenced Precambrian Jura Quartzite on Jura (Scotland) coming June.
On March 5th Han Claringbould & Azli Abu Bakar presented their work to PGS at the PGS Office in Weybridge;
Han Claringbould: Rift geometry evolution during multiphase extension: Observations from the East Shetland Basin, northern North Sea
(This talk was also presented to Han's project funders Statoil on the 12th of March)
Azli Abu Bakar: The effect of halokinesis and rifting to sediment deposition and preservation: Examples from the Central North Sea Basin, UKCS
The talks were attended by Howard Johnson, Chris Jackson & Rebecca Bell.
Craig Magee attended a kick-off meeting in the University of Oslo for a new project that he and Chris Jackson are involved in, which focuses on understanding igneous emplacement mechanisms in sedimentary basins. The project draws together scientists from across Europe and Argentina whom, through integrating field analysis of intrusions the Neuquén Basin (Argentina), seismic reflection imaging and analogue and numerical modelling, are questioning the traditional concepts of fracture-driven magma emplacement.
Adamu Suleiman - Bornu Basin Project
Mr. Martin of the Schlumberger Research Centre, France visited Imperial College from 9th to 11th of March.
He carried out a 1D and 2D PetroMod technical training for the MSc Geoscience students and also reviewed some of Adamu's Bornu Basin project’s 1D and 2D modelling results on igneous intrusion, source rock burial, maturity, hydrocarbon generation and expulsion histories. He also presented Adamu with a detailed workflow on 2D Petromod igneous intrusion modelling. Adamu will visit the Schlumberger Research Centre France in June for more insights into the 2D igneous modelling. Many thanks to Mr. Martin and the Schlumberger Research Centre for their continued support!
2D PetroMod modelling of Igneous intrusion in Late Cretaceous
Dr. Susannah Maidment gave a Nature Live talk at the Natural History Museum titled "Why did stegosaurs have plates and spines?"
Brassey, C. B., Maidment, S. C. R., and Barrett, P. M. (2015). Body mass estimates of an exceptionally complete Stegosaurus (Ornithischia: Thyreophora): comparing volumetric and linear bivariate mass estimation methods. Biology Letters 11: 20140984.
This paper was widely reported in the media, including on the BBC, in the Guardian, Daily Mail & featured as a top story on the Imperial News website.
The Basins Research Group (BRG) at Imperial College London focuses on the geodynamic, struc-tural, and stratigraphic evolution of sedimentary basins. This range of ac-tivities is centred around a multidisciplinary group of Earth Scientists who are committed to understand-ing the fundamental geo-logical processes opera-ting in evolving sediment-ary basins, and the application of this under-standing to determining the nature, origin and occurrence of natural resources (see Themes).