Author: Beatriz Martínez-Rius (Sorbonne Université, Paris) Source: http://www.jamstec.go.jp Imagine a hole where you can fit 25 Eiffel Towers, one above the other. And now, imagine this hole under 2.500 meters of seawater. This is the drilling capacity of the Chikyu, the most advanced drilling vessel in the world. By dropping a pipe up to 10 … Continue reading Deeper than anyone else: Interview to Yasuhiro Yamada, director of exploration of the drilling vessel Chikyu
Author: Simon Blondel - OGS Trieste Hello everybody, this week it is my turn to share my research with you. My name is Simon, I am French, I studied geology at the UniLaSalle engineering shool in Beauvais, before joining the IDEA LEAGUE Applied Geophysics Programme (TU Delft, ETH Zürich, RWTH Aachen) in 2015. After a … Continue reading How reflection seismic can help us to prevent risks while drilling through salt?
Jimmy Moneron - Geological Survey of Israel The Eastern Mediterranean Sea has always been a brain teaser to understand for structural geologists. Since the Permian, this region was in the heart of contacts between several tectonic plates involving rifting (leading to expansion) and subduction phases (to contraction) (Figure 1). Figure 1: Simplified kinematic and tectonic … Continue reading How studying salt can help reconstruct Earth’s structural history
Per aspera Terra ad astra (This is Latin. Don’t google it, go through the text and at the end you will understand the meaning.) Maria Magliulo (University of Essex) I don’t know the story behind this cartoon , nor the intention of the artist. I found it by chance. It made me think that, despite … Continue reading Per Terra ad astra
Author: Ronja Ebner - "42?" -"I checked it very thoroughly," said the computer, "and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never actually known what the question is".  The question implied this simple picture is probably known to everybody without further need … Continue reading A call for questions! The answers are out there, finding the questions is the actual problem
Author: Laetitia Guibourdenche (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris) Winter 1957. Charcot Base. Adelia Land. Antarctica. 2400m above sea level. Charcot Base (1957). Arrival of Lorius’s Team. Source of all images: http://www.claude-lorius.com/ Claude Lorius, a young glaciologist and his colleagues, spent 10 months in the Charcot Base, trying to unravel the secrets of the … Continue reading On the whisky contribution to climate change study
Author: Federico Andreeto - Utrecht University (Neetherlands) Can a sea disappear? No one would answer; that a sea could disappear would seem science fiction. On the other hand, if we could travel back tens or hundreds of millions of years, moving towards the most remote ages, we would be amazed to find a planet so … Continue reading Disappearance and appearance of seas: from the Alpine Tethys to the Paratethys and its link with the Messinian Salinity Crisis