As part of the recently started ERC project ICED, Georgina and Lily visited to the KTB borehole, Windinscheschenbach (Bavaria) to collect a range of calibration samples. The KTB borehole was drilled between 1987 and 1995 reaching a depth of 9 km and temperatures of over 300 °C. Because this region has been tectonically stable over 10s of millions of years, these samples have experienced stable temperatures and thus provide an excellent calibration set for thermochronometry. These samples will be used to confirm the performance of the electron spin resonance (ESR) thermochronometry method.
Read about the GLACE expedition and the science projects here: https://www.glaceexpedition.ch/
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Benjamin PhD project supervised by Prof. Dr. Frédéric Herman will be privatly defended on March 6th with Prof. Dr. Derek Fabel, Prof. Dr. Andreas Lang and Dr. Pierre Valla as external experts and Prof. Dr. Georgina E. King as internal expert.
Samples from Gorner Glacier and Mont Blanc massif were first cored, then sliced in discs before being analyzed in a luminescence reader. All the preparation processes are performed under subdued red-light conditions to avoid any contamination of the light on the luminescence signal.
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Congratulations to Vjeran! Here is the link.
With the conclusion of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), about 20 000 years ago, ended the most recent long-lasting cold phase in Earth history. This last glacial advance left a strong observable imprint on the landscape, such as moraines, trimlines and other glacial geomorphic features. These features reflect the extent of former glaciers and ice caps, which in turn provides information on past temperature and precipitation conditions. Here we present an inverse approach to reconstruct the equilibrium line altitudes (E) from observed ice extents. The ice-flow model is developed solving the mass conservation equation using the shallow ice approximation and implemented using Graphical Processing Units (GPUs). We present the theoretical basis of the inversion method, which relies on a Tikhonov regularization, and demonstrate its ability to constrain spatial variations in mass balance with idealized and real glaciers.
Here is a new publication by Jiao about the work he did on the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Jiao used on Raman Spectroscopy of Carbonaceous Material on sediments. The study shows how erosion patterns vary during a glacial retreat. Jiao’s new work extends nicely the work we published in the last few years using the same methodology (Herman et al., 2015; Nibourel et al., 2015; Beyssac et al., 2016).
Joanne, Benjamin, Günther and Luca alongside other colleagues at UNIL returned to the Gorner glacier for 3 days at the beginning of the month. The aim of the trip was to collect samples for calibration purposes from the surfaces exposed during last year’s trip.