The Water Book
Interviews

The Water Book

‘We’ve built our entire world around water. Our temperature scale, our bodies. Water shapes our continents, flows through our oceans and rivers, creates atmosphere and weather – this one substance does all of that. And we’ve got to a point where we’re so used to it, we ignore it.’ Alok Jha has written about a … Continue reading

Deadly volcanic flows
Interviews

Deadly volcanic flows

As everyone of course knows, Dante’s Peak is the greatest of all geological disaster movies (fight with me in the comments.) So I was thrilled last month when University of Hull volcanologist Dr Rebecca Williams not only delivered a brilliant London Lecture, but confirmed that the film is, at least pyroclastically speaking, more or less … Continue reading

Walking Through Time
Interviews

Walking Through Time

Nearly three years ago, two researchers uncovered a series of footprints on a beach in Happisburgh, Norfolk. Preserved for at least 800,000 years beneath layers of sediment, the footprints had been exposed by recent storms. There was just enough time to record 3D images of them before they were swallowed up by the tide. Continue reading

Oil and Gas in the Arctic
Interviews

Oil and Gas in the Arctic

In the second of our Climate Week blogs, we look at the controversial issue of exploring the Arctic for oil and gas resources. The Arctic has fascinated explorers for hundreds of years, from Rennaissance attempts to find a Northwest Passage, to the 20th century race for the North Pole. For the oil and gas industry, … Continue reading

Balancing act
Arts / Interviews

Balancing act

Sarah Day visits the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and meets local artist Adrian Gray, whose amazing stone balancing sculptures have audiences on the beach enthralled. Originally published in Geoscientist Online, 30 May 2012 ‘Balance is intuitive. You have to stop thinking about the physics of it.’ Like most scientists, faced with the seemingly impossible, my … Continue reading