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Imaging basalt

Much of the world’s remaining oil and gas is locked under basalt, a rock that has baffled those attempting to ‘see’ through it. Now, thanks to new techniques developed at Cambridge, imaging beneath basalt is opening up vital new hydrocarbon reserves.

Fingerprinting rare earth elements from the air

Spain 2016

Iguanodontian natural endocast from Bexhill

Godwin Laboratory website

Weddell Sea, credit Michael Weber

Antarctic Ice Sheet study reveals 8,000-year record of climate change

Artist’s reconstruction of Saccorhytus coronarius, credit Jian Han

Artist’s reconstruction of Saccorhytus coronarius, based on the original fossil finds. The actual creature was probably no more than a millimetre in size Credit: Jian Han

Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends

Drones used to analyse ash clouds from Guatemalan volcano

The flight team (left to right): Colin Greatwood, Thomas Richardson, Ben Schellenberg, Emma Liu and Kieran Wood. Credits: Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and INSIVUMEH

‘Plumerang’ health risk carousel

Kīlauea volcano, Hawaii

Image taken by Clare Donaldson with the assistance of USGS and HVO

Shape-shifting rangeomorphs, artists impression Dr J Hoyal Cuthiill

Global cooling image

Slides containing foraminifera (left) and the Quartz tubes (right) are used to covert CO₂ from forams dissolved in acid into graphite for ¹⁴C dating ©Luke Skinner

Volcanic arcs recycle crustal carbon carousel image

Image credit: Richard Herd

Brittle stars show evolution at work ©Ken McNamara

Chilesaurus ©Nobu Tamura

Life reconstruction of Chilesaurus diegosuarezi

Mysterious ancient creature

The Ediacaran fossil Dickinsonia costata, specimen P40135 from the collections of the South Australia Museum, Adelaide Credit: Alex Liu


New Director for the Sedgwick Museum image

Cambridge collaborates on carbon capture and storage

Mike Bickle in Utah

Fractofusus fossils

Image credit: Emily Mitchell

Ice core drilling camp at Fletcher Promontory

©Robert Mulvaney

Bob White at Stromboli

Pterapoda sea butterfly limacina helicina

©Alexander Semenov, White Sea Biological Station, Moscow State University

Blue mussel Telesca Scientific Reports Feb 2018

Excavating the Barrington hippo, July 2010

© The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

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McMahon Davies mudrock

Ice core drilling camp at Fletcher Promontory carousel

Barrington Ice Age exhibition

CCS Bickle carousel

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Brachiopods prove tougher than previously thought ©Elizabeth M Harper

Brachiopods prove tougher than previously thought ©Elizabeth M Harper

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Why life on Earth first got big © Charlotte Kenchington

Artist’s reconstruction of the community at Lower Mistaken Point. The positions, sizes and taxonomic identity of the organisms in the reconstruction are based on real data from the surface. This community was dominated by the rangeomorphs, Beothukis plumosa and Trepassia wardae. As these communities were below the photic zone, lighting depicted is from an artificial source.

Lessons about a future warmer world using data from the past image

Air bubbles in ice cores, used to deduce CO₂ in the past.

Sedgwick200 graphic website

Evans Hodell et al Maya drought image

Hawaii Edmonds 2018

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Liz Hide

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Hastings dinosaur footprints

Well-preserved dinosaur footprints uncovered in East Sussex ©Anthony Shillito


Tooth of the giant extinct shark Megalodon from the late Miocene Gatun Formation of Panama. Photo credit Catalina Pimiento.

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Hurricane Credit: Free-Photos on Pixabay

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Green-headed Tanager (Tangara seledon) in Itatiaia National Park, Brazil. Tanagers comprise the most diverse extant avian family, with numerous species, including T. seledon, endemic to the Atlantic Rainforest of South America. Image credit: Daniel J. Field, University of Cambridge,

Knysna Turaco, Great Blue Turaco, Knysna Turaco Credit: Daniel J. Field

Knysna Turaco, Great Blue Turaco, Knysna Turaco Credit: Daniel J. Field

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Magma erupting at the Holuhraun lava field in August 2014

Magma erupting at the Holuhraun lava field in August 2014 Credit: Bob White


Credit: J Hoyal Cuthill, photo credits S Ledger and R Crowther

Women in STEM: Fiona Iddon


Mussels illustration

Pioneer mid-latitude littoral cluster of Mytilus edulis’ (image copyright L. Telesca)

Blue mussels, Brest, France

Blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) from an intertidal environment at Brest in France with characteristic external black layer of organic periostracum. (photo Roberta Pigliapochi)

Daniel Field, UKRI Announcement

Women in STEM: Helen Williams

Women in STEM - Marian image

Women in STEM - Fiona Llewellyn-Beard image

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Image credit: Cowper Griffiths, @cowpergriffith @cowpergriffitharchitects and the photographer @msap_photo