A-Team Quarterly Update – 2nd Quarter 2019

It has been another busy and successful time for members of our Research Group which has included three published papers, two grant awards, three invited attendances, several published abstracts and preparing for the next round of world conferences which will include 9 presentations, a short course on alkaline rocks and a session at Goldschmidt 2019. …

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REIA – Rare Earth Industries Association launch

Adrian Finch and Anouk Borst were delighted to be invited to be part of the Rare Earth Industries Association (REIA) launch in Brussels 25-27 June 2019. We both gave presentations on the geology of Rare Earth deposits, with Adrian focussing on the magmatic history of such deposits and Anouk on the late-stage alteration that can …

Save Lochaber Geopark

My old PhD supervisor, Ian Parsons, asked me to draw attention to the Lochaber Geopark project: Lochaber Geopark, based in Fort William, is a not-for-profit organization, run mainly by volunteers. Lochaber District covers 4648 km2, includes Britain’s highest mountain and has a wild western coastline of exceptional beauty. Our objective is to tell the story …

A-Team Quarterly Update – First Quarter of 2019

It has been another busy and successful time for members of our Research Group which has included two published papers, two grant awards, published abstracts and preparing for the next round of world conferences which will include 9 presentations, a short course on alkaline rocks, a keynote talk and organising a session at Goldschmidt 2019. …

Resources in Carbonatite and peralkaline rocks: Everything you wanted to know but were too shy to ask

Adrian Finch and Frances Wall (partners in the SoS RARE and HiTech AlkCarb consortia) are presenting a short course to this years SGA 2019 conference in Glasgow. Many critical resources, including Nb, Rare Earths, Hf, are hosted in carbonatite and other alkaline and peralkaline rocks. This one and a half-day course provides a background in …

A-team Activities Final Quarter of 2018

It has been another busy and successful time for members of our Research Group which has included two published papers, an award of a facilities grant, two published abstracts and, of course, the Research Group Christmas Dinner. Publications Borst AM, Waight TE, Finch AA, Storey M, le Roux PJ (2018) Dating agpaitic rocks: A multi-system(U/Pb, Sm/Nd, …

Anouk’s Isotope paper on Ilímaussaq Published

Anouk Borst's paper on her isotope work comparing the U-Pb, Sm-Nd, Rb-Sr and Ar-Ar age estimates of the Ilímaussaq complex has just been published in Lithos. The paper is available here: Borst et al 2018 Lithos. It identifies how late-magmatic and subsolidus reactions in peralkaline rocks modify the initial isotope ratios in these rocks, providing insights …