School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
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(2017-06-13) - Journal articleThe Poll a’Mhuilt Member of the Stoer Group (Torridonian Supergroup) in Scotland has been heralded as a rare window into the ecology of Mesoproterozoic terrestrial environments. Its unusually high molybdenum concentrations ...
Silicon isotopes reveal recycled altered oceanic crust in the mantle sources of ocean island basalts (2016-06-11) - Journal articleThe study of silicon (Si) isotopes in Ocean Island Basalts (OIB) has the potential to discern between different models for the origins of geochemical heterogeneities in the mantle. Relatively large (∼several per mil per ...
Unusual, basin-scale, fluid-rock interaction in the Palaeoproterozoic Onega basin from Fennoscandia : preservation in calcite δ18O of an ancient high geothermal gradient (2016-08) - Journal articleA variety of carbonates of different geneses, as indicated by petrography and geochemistry, are found throughout 400m of the volcano-sedimentary rocks of the Zaonega Formation of Palaeoproterozoic age in the Onega Basin ...
(2016-06-06) - Journal articleThe thermodynamic availability of water (water activity) strictly limits microbial propagation on Earth, particularly in hypersaline environments. A considerable body of evidence indicates the existence of hypersaline ...
(2016-08-01) - Journal articleThe end-Cryogenian glaciation (Marinoan) is portrayed commonly as the archetype of snowball Earth, yet its duration and character remain uncertain. Here we report U-Pb zircon ages for two ash beds from widely separated ...