Sam is a regular contributor to TravelingGeologist. He recently completed his PhD at the Camborne School of Mines and is currently postdoc-ing with the same in Cornwall. Rare earth elements (REE) are essential in high-strength permanent magnets for green and digital technologies, yet we know little about how REE ore deposits form. However, driven by […]
Amelia Penny is a second-year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences. She is working on the palaeoecology of early calcified animals in the Nama Group, and redox conditions across the Precambrian-Cambrian boundary. She occasionally blogs at Life in Deep Time about geology, deep time and science in general. The late Ediacaran Period […]
Abi is a Quaternary Scientist, Dryland Geomorphologist and Hydrogeologist, based at the Geography department in SEED at the University of Manchester as a lecturer in Physical Geography.
The Namaqua Metamorphic Complex forms the western end of the Namaqua-Natal orogenic belt (see the bizarre granitoids of Natal here). These rocks were formed during the formation of the supercontinent Rodinia which was assembled roughly 1.1 to 1.0 billion years ago. This metamorphic belt reveals the guts of a collisional orogen. If we were to […]
A sand sea or erg is defined as an expanse of land covered with 125 square km. The Namib Sand Sea is the second largest in the world. It covers nearly 80 thousand square kilometers (nearly the size of Austria or South Carolina). From the mountains to the dunes to the ocean, it is home […]