Volcanic crystal clocks for Icelandic eruptions

Volcanic crystal clocks for Icelandic eruptions

Volcanic crystal clocks for Icelandic eruptions

event Saturday, September 23, 2023 schedule 10.15am - 11.00am BST
Past event
Past event
event Saturday, September 23, 2023 schedule 10.15am - 11.00am BST
  • Fagradalsfjall eruption

Taken by Simon Matthew

In-person at Sidgwick | £15
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Theme: 
Science and technology
Location: 
Sidgwick Site | View details

The study of one of the most intensely fascinating phenomena of the natural world, volcanology is as rich an area in academic study as it is in the geological, geophysical and geochemical data that these displays of nature’s raw power hide beneath their fragile surfaces. We’re delighted that John Maclennan will be sharing knowledge of the processes and impacts of volcanism during this year’s Alumni Festival. 

John undertakes research helping to build understanding of the dynamic and violent processes that occur in the roots of Icelandic volcanoes. Much of this effort has centred on careful fieldwork and collection of suitable samples for geochemical analyses of what happens deep beneath these ruptures in the earth’s crust, in particular making extensive use of electron microscopy and high performance computing facilities to measure the time taken for magma to rise from its deep storage zones before eruption.    

Speaker

Dr John Maclennan (Emmanuel 1993)

Dr John Maclennan

John is the Professor of Igneous Petrology in the Department of Earth Sciences and Director of Studies for Natural Sciences (Physical) at Emmanuel College. After an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences and PhD from Cambridge, he held postdoctoral fellowships in Paris and Edinburgh before returning to Cambridge as a lecturer.

Booking information

In-person lectures at the Sidgwick Site as part of Alumni Festival cost £15 per person.

Booking for this event is now closed.

Location

Sidgwick Site
West Road
Cambridge
CB3 9DP
United Kingdom

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