Several members of ESE (Ian Bastow, Alex Coleman, Jenny Collier, Christopher Jackson, Bhavik Lodhia, Craig Magee, Carl McDermott) attended and presented at the Rifts III conference hosted by the Geological Society of London and convened by ESE’s very own Al Fraser.
Chris Jackson braved Zone 5 of the London Underground system to give a talk to the Harrow and Hillingdon Geological Society (9th March). His talk was entitled ‘Salt of the Earth’.
As part of the Norwegian Research Council-founded MIMES (Mechanical Implications of Magma Emplacement in Sedimentary Sequences) and DIPS (Dynamics of Igneous Plumbing Systems in Sedimentary Basins) projects, on which they are both co-Is, Craig Magee (@drcraigmagee) and Chris Jackson (@seis_matters) engaged in a live ‘tweeting’ session as they interpreted one of the world’s largest sill-like igneous intrusions imaged in seismic reflection data from the NW Shelf of Australia. The ‘Chandon’ sill, so-called after the 3D seismic survey in which it is best-imaged, is 70 km long and 40 km wide. In short, it’s a monster. Follow the DIPS-MIMES project on Twitter at @magma_pulse.
Gaia Stucky de Quay has been awarded the Ian Hillier Academic Award from the London Petrophysical Society and a grant to continue her work on geochemical analysis of core samples from her buried channel in the Bressay region of the North Sea.
Sam Brooke has been awarded funds from the BSG and Geological Society to continue his fieldwork in Death Valley, USA as part of his search for climate signals stored in alluvial fan sediments.
Craig Magee has been awarded the Halstead Award by the Geological Association for his significant contribution to igneous geology as an early career scientist
Jackson, C.A-L, Lewis, M.M. 2016. Structural style and evolution of a salt-influenced rift basin margin: the impact of variations in salt composition and the role of polyphase extension; Basin Research 28, 81-102
Craig Magee has been awarded the Murchison Fund by the Geological Society for 2016. The fund is awarded to early career geoscientists under the age of 40 who have contributed substantially to the study of hard rock and tectonic geology.
Susie Maidment gave the February Headmaster's lecture at Ardingly College in Sussex with a talk entitled "A new microvertebrate fauna in the Wealden of Ardingly, West Sussex".
Chris Jackson visited Mary Ford and Guillaume Caumon at the Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France (7th-8th January, 2016) to discuss a collaborative research project focused on stochastic model of near-fault deformation patterns. It transpires that geologists and numerical modellers speak very, very different languages…as part of this trip, Chris gave an invited talk entitled ‘Hot Rocks Under Our Feet; Seismic Reflection Imaging of Igneous Rocks’, focusing on the how 3D seismic reflection data provide new insights into the processes and products of magma intrusive in the Earth’s crust, and the plumbing systems of ancient volcanoes.
Members of the Basins Research Group (BRG) decamped to Oslo, Norway to visit seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation company CGG to view some of their new, state-of-the-art, broadband 3D seismic reflection data. These data, collected over large parts of the North Sea Basin, reveal, in exquisite detail, intra-crystalline basement structure and the geometry of overlying rift basins. They will now be used as part of the Norsk Forskningsrad-funded (Research Council of Norway), Statoil-supported, MultiRift project.
Craig Magee and Chris Jackson attended a 2-day workshop at the University of Oslo in early January, the focus for which was planning the next stage in a collaboration aimed at assessing sill emplacement mechanisms in sedimentary basins using seismic reflection data.
Astratti, D.*, Jackson, C. A-L., Cosgrove, J.W. (2016) Geometry and kinematics of normal faults in a salt-related minibasin, Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. Tectonic Studies Group Annual Meeting, 6-8 January 2016, UCL, London.
Grant, R.J.*, Astratti, D., Jackson, C. A-L. (2016) Geometry and kinematics of a salt-detached fault system, Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. Tectonic Studies Group Annual Meeting, 6-8 January 2016, UCL, London.
In addition, Craig Magee presented a talk entitled, “Lateral magma flow in sill-complexes: towards a paradigm shift in volcanology”, at the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group meeting in Trinity College, Dublin in early January.
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).