Save Our Soil

Save Our Soil

  Despite Sheldon Cooper’s references to geologists as ‘the dirt people’*, geologists are not usually associated in the public mind with soil. Most of the planet’s soil is no older than the Pleistocene (2.58 million – 11,700 years ago) – surely geologists are concerned with much older, much rockier stuff than this? Continue reading

100 Great Geosites / Events / Science communication

British Science Festival 2014: Operation Stonehenge

One of our nominated 100geosites took centre stage yesterday at the British Science Festival, as Professor Vincent Gaffney and colleagues unveiled the latest from the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, led by the University of Birmingham in conjunction with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology. Continue reading

Events / Science communication

British Science Festival 2014: ‘We are all catastrophists now’

The theory that the dramatic landscapes of the Columbia River Plateau were caused by massive flooding in the distant past might not sound too controversial. But, as Sanjeev Gupta told us in our British Science Festival event yesterday, the theory, first proposed in 1923 by American geologist J Harlen Bretz, was so controversial it sparked a … Continue reading

Events / Out in the field

British Science Festival 2013 – dinosaurs, landslides and carbon sinks

Earlier this month we attended the British Science Festival in sunny Newcastle, and had a great time trying to squeeze in as many geological events as possible. Other than our own undeniably fabulous event, highlights include learning about UK landslides with the British Geological Survey, and urban carbon sinks with our very own soon to … Continue reading

Events / Miscellaneous

Dinosaur pop quiz

We’re pretty excited about our British Science Festival event next week, ‘Stranger than fiction? Dinosaurs, Monsters and Myths‘. Not only are we hearing from two palaeontologists, Dr Phil Manning and Dr Joanna Wright, about how they reconstruct dinosaurs, but we’ll be joined by Frame Store’s Mike Milne, the graphics brain behind Walking With Dinosaurs since … Continue reading

Flippin’ Earth

Flippin’ Earth

The Earth’s magnetic poles might feel like a constant – north is north, south is south – but they turn out to be a lot more complicated than that, as we found out yesterday in our event at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen, where Kathy Whaler, Conall Mac Niocaill and Ciaran Beggan took our … Continue reading