Contamination – How the ‘C’ word can put the fear into anyone.
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Contamination – How the ‘C’ word can put the fear into anyone.

A guest post from Daniel Grey, a Chartered and European Geologist with an interest in the investigation and remediation of land and water pollution. He has worked in this area for a Non-Governmental Organisation, Local Authority and the Private Sector. Land contamination can be a source of deep public concern. It’s understandable, with trigger words … Continue reading

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Rivers under the sea

A guest post from Professor Jeff Peakall, University of Leeds Professor Peakall’s Shell Lecture, ‘Rivers Under the Sea’, can be viewed on our YouTube channel: Channel networks are known from across the solar system. Rivers on Earth have long been key to human civilisation, with many of our great cities developing around them, and their … Continue reading

Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems: Event Summary
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Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems: Event Summary

A guest post from Dr Valerie McCarthy, Assistant Lecturer at Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland. Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDEs) are geologically and physio-graphically complex and are recognised as an important but, nevertheless, poorly understood set of habitats. At a recent event organised by the Hydrogeological Group of The Geological Society, held at the at the … Continue reading

Mercury rising
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Mercury rising

Minamata has become a word synonymous with disease. ‘Minamata disease’ was first identified in 1956, after years of chemical company Chisso discharging methyl mercury into Minamata Bay, Japan. It was a process that continued until 1968, and left over 2,500 people affected by mercury related diseases. Symptoms can range from ataxia, muscle weakness and damage … Continue reading

Precipitating a crisis?
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Precipitating a crisis?

Hosepipe bans are becoming a familiar feature of summer, and with claims that 2012 could see ‘the worst drought in 30 years’, they are here again. Well timed, then, that the theme of a recent Geological Society conference was “Water Futures”. There is often confusion and misunderstanding about water supply in the UK and elsewhere, … Continue reading