29 November, 2009

ByeBye Twitter

I have been on Twitter since June. Even though a lot of other geobloggers are also active there and even though there are quite some people following me, and me following them, I see no point in it. Never have and after several months of giving it a chance it is time to quit. The only thing it successfully does it waste a little more of my time while reading tweets. Time better invested in either blog posts or working on my thesis. No worries though. The blog will not be affected by it. I just decided to declutter my online life a bit. Twitter is the 2nd activity to go. Last week I stopped using and deleted my account for one of the various social networking sites I used to be registered on. Now I need to learn how to effectively use the won time. I think I forgot some real life competence. Should be fun to re-learn them!

21 November, 2009

Fun with a Triangle

Today I got the results of the geochemical analysis of the samples that I took during fieldwork in France. Plotting the CaCO3 (top), MgCO3 (left) and Impurities (right) into a triangle gives a...well...boring but good result. Totally depending what you want to do with these rocks. But what else to expect from shallow-marine non-skeletal pack- and grainstones? I hope you can recognise the tiny dots at the top.

08 November, 2009

Mineral Deposits Studies Group (MDSG): Annual Meeting - University of Glasgow

The 33rd Annual Winter Meeting of the Mineral Deposits Studies Group (MDSG) of the Geological Society will be held from the 5th to 7th of January 2010 at the University of Glasgow. The MDSG is a group within the Geological Society of London. It focuses on the study and promotion of research on mineral deposits and mineralisation processes. The 2010 meeting is sponsored by the Society of Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA). Although the full scientific programm will only be available after the abstract deadline three known geologist will be presenting as keynote speakers. These will be Prof. Jake Lowenstern talking about Magma intrusion, degassing, and hydrothermal setting of the Yellowstone Caldera, Prof. Dick Tosdale presenting Tectonic transitions in the porphyry-epithermal environment and Prof. Gaston Giuliani updating about Academic and economic geology of precious colored gemstones : an update. The size of this meeting is rather small in nature. The 2008 meeting has seen around 100 delegates from various countries, mining companies, students and academics.

Considering my absence from the last two conferences including symposia on mineral deposits I feel very tempted to drop-by in Glasgow for a couple of day this winter - time and especially money permitting.

Are any of you Geobloggers situated close to Glasgow? Any additional reason to go would be great.