Motzfeldt Genetic Model Published

We have just published on Ore Geology Reviews the culmination of many years worth of work in the Motzfeldt region of South Greenland, considered as one of the world's largest Ta-Nb deposits. The work was commenced in 1995 as part of a regional petrographic study on the earliest rocks from the Gardar rift and has …

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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 …

Two Post-Doctoral Vacancies available in Biomineralogy

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St. Andrews has 2 vacancies: Post-doctoral research fellow (3 years) on the NERC funded project ‘Trace element and isotope partitioning in carbonates in simulated biological environments’. Post-graduate research assistant (9 months) on the Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘The control of coral biomineralisation’ . For further information, …

NERC Grant on Carbonate Partitioning funded

I am delighted that our recent NERC grant proposal "Trace element and isotope partitioning in carbonates in simulated biological environments" has been funded. The project is being led by Dr Nicola Allison along with colleagues at the Universities of York and Glasgow. We will be recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the next few months.

Facility for the Luminescence of Minerals Opened in a new Purpose-built Luminescence Suite

Low temperature (20-300 K) thermoluminescence spectrum of Fluorite. The data are shown in a 3D format (left) and as a contour map (right). The sudden discontinuities seen horizontally in the right hand graph are thermoluminescence peaks. Such graphs allow us to probe the defect structure of minerals and understand more about how defect form and …