From the 30th September to the 7th October 2017, the 8th Nordic Palaeomagnetism Workshop was successfully held at the Hótel Leirubakki and Hekla Center in Iceland. 37 participants discussed a range of issues including the palaeogeography and palaeoclimate of the Phanerozoic and Precambrian, changes in the geodynamo between the Jurassic and Cretaceous, and the palaeomagnetic field over the past 100 ka. The workshop started with a talk on the history of palaeomagnetism in Iceland by Leó Kristjánsson and on Wednesday afternoon Páll Einarsson gave a field excursion
Jessica Till is currently on a 2-month campaign to log and analyze 1500 m of core drilled last winter from the Samail ophiolite as part of the ICDP Oman Drilling Project. A drilling vessel named Chikyu is used while it is stationed in port in Shimizu, Japan.
On Wednesday the 9th of August, Rebecca Anna Neely will defend her Ph.D. thesis in geology. The thesis title is “Molybdenum isotope behaviour in aqueous systems”
Opponents are Dr. Thomas F. Nägler, Associate Professor of Isotope Geology at the Institute of Geology at the University of Bern, Switzerland and Dr. Caroline L. Peacock, Associate Professor of Biogeochemistry at the School of Earth & Environment at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
Nine students and four scholars from diverse academic fields at both Icelandic and Japanese universities, received grants from the Watanabe Trust Fund at the University of Iceland. The total amount of grants allocated at a ceremony at the University of Iceland on 27 April was close to eleven million Icelandic Krona. Toshizo Watanabe, founder of the fund and his wife, Hidemi Watanabe both attended the ceremony.
The world´s earliest Aral-Sea type disaster: the decline of the Loulan Kingdom in the Tarim Basin
The paper, which was published in Scientific Reports, tells that man created an environmental disaster similar to the current Aral Sea crisis already 1800 years ago. The man-made environmental deterioration occured in ancient China (during the Han Dynasty) and caused the decline of a kingdom in the Tarim Basin (which is in the northwesternmost part of China).