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Geology MSc

AfricaArray Field School – Day 5 – Requests for bids

This morning we started off with a discussion about the work happening here are Wits (and across the continent) regarding broadband seismology. This is really the “Array” part of the AfricaArray Field School. There are 50-odd permanent seismic stations across sub-Saharan Africa, which are used to investigate the structure of the earth. These things are […]

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Geology MSc

AfricaArray Field School – Day 4

I got a bit caught up in other things last night, so this is a day late. In any case, on with it! The day started with “Safety” Sue’s lecture about, well, safety. Most of the stuff is common sense, and a lot of it is relevant to how industry tends to do things. Things […]

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Geology MSc

AfricaArray Field School – Day 3

Today started with a short lecture about the petrology and geochemistry of the Bushveld Complex. I was a bit out of my depth, since the last time I used a petrographic microscope in anger was in about 2010. Luckily the bit of prac tutoring that I did last year helped me at least remember what […]

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Geology MSc

AfricaArray Field School – Day 2

This morning we got visitors’ cards, which led to a large amount of laughter, especially regarding the photos that people were having taken. Unfortunately, this took longer than planned, so we were running a bit behind for the rest of the day. After getting cards, we had a basic introduction, before some sneaky geochemists who […]

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Geology MSc

AfricaArray Geophysical Field School – Day 1, Vredefort Dome

I am currently attending the AfricaArray field school, hosted by [http://wits.ac.za](Wits University). The first day was a relaxed one to allow for the international students to recover from jetlag. Accordingly, we wandered off to visit the Vredefort Dome. This is one of the largest, and the oldest impact structures in the world, so we are […]

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Mushroom Hunting, a geologist’s view of

Today my partner went out mushroom hunting. Apparently this is something that some microbiologists do. However, to my surprise, this does not entail serious expeditionary setup. Imagine, they (my partner and her supervisor) just went out to look for mushrooms. Annually, mushrooms seem to kill a handful of people a year in the USA, with […]

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Geology Tech

Borehole Grapher/Mapper

As part of AEON‘s baseline study in the Karoo, a group of my colleagues are undertaking a large scale hydrocensus in the area near the Western Cape/Eastern Cape boundary. At the moment, this entails visiting a large number of boreholes, recording some general information about them, and, where possible, recording the electro-conductivity of the borehole. […]

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Open*

But we already have that: Nature’s link sharing

There has been much written recently about Nature’s new link-sharing initiative. I am not going to go in depth into how it works, but essentially this allows for the sharing for links by people who already have access to them to those without access. A good summary, with links to numerous other posts (none of […]

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Open*

Open Access South Africa: Starting a Student Network

Uvania Naidoo (from UCT) and I (from NMMU) attended OpenCon 2014 in Washington DC this November. The conference brought 175 students and early-stage researchers involved in Open Access, Open Data and Open Education together. The Open Movement is driven by the belief that access to scholarly research, educational and medical resources should be freely accessible, […]

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Open Data Open*

OpenCon 2014

So, I got to go to my first international conference. And what a conference. I suspect it may have spoiled me for future ones…. Apart from the fact that I could say that I literally flew to Washington DC for the weekend (OK, and the Friday and Monday) which was such a short time, it […]