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Sedimentology on the Moooon

I am a big fan of BBC Radio Four’s In Our Time. The format is always the same: veteran broadcaster Melvyn Bragg plus three top British academics discuss a particular topic. It is not in the least bit dumbed down, … Continue reading

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Labradorite: butterflies and poetry

Here’s my contribution to Ron Schott’s labradorite geomeme (inspired by Sandatlas’s Lunar Anorthosite). One place that labradorite is popular is in posh office-buildings. I work in such a place and I snuck down to the canteen restaurant and took a picture. No shoes … Continue reading

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A trip to the museum

On the last summer’s day of the year, I made a visit to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, which is a rather lovely place to be. The building is lovely. A classic example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture, … Continue reading

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Papers and pot-shots: when geologists attack

One of my most valuable learning experiences as a Geology undergraduate was a first-year tutorial with the  legendary Harold Reading. We were give an academic paper to write about (concerning alluvial fans) and we dutifully did so, showing we understood … Continue reading

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