Laboratory for Geodynamics 

Department of Earth Sciences | University of Oxford

Theoretical Dynamics of the Fluid Earth

Laboratory for Geodynamics 

Department of Earth Sciences | University of Oxford

Theoretical Dynamics of the Fluid Earth

News

Dismayed by recent developments at Twitter, FoaLab is now tooting from https://hachyderm.io/@foalab. Please join us there and help us to follow your science!

Three PhD projects are advertised for collaborative research in the FoaLab. For more information about Oxford graduate admissions please see https://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/teaching/graduates/graduate-admissions/. Contact Richard Katz with questions.

Catch the latest news of the ERC-funded FoaLab RIFT-O-MAT project on magma-assisted tectonics by watching Katz's seminar talk for students at the University of Rwanda, ICTP-East African Institute for Fundamental Research. @ERC_Research https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhCc2Yk68cM

Clusters of subglacial seismicity are interpreted as evidence for 'sticky patches' at the ice–bed interface, even where subglacial water pressure is high. PhD student Hanwen Zhang has shown that sticky patches also promote and localise basal crevassing. https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2022.75

FoaLab excitedly welcomes Dr Hamish Hay @planetaryHam to Oxford for postdoctoral research on tidally driven porous flow in planetary bodies! Thanks to @LeverhulmeTrust for supporting this work.

Mid-ocean ridges have cross-axis asymmetry; explanations have been unsatisfactory. A new publication by @AdinaPusok et al. shows that chemical (density) fractionation by melt segregation can amplify convection, break symmetry and explain observations. https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggac309

You are rightly sceptical that sea-level variations associated with glacial cycles pace the creation of abyssal hills. But have you read the latest by Huybers et al (co-author Katz)? New models and spectra that might convince you. https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.2204761119

FoaLab is advertising a 1-year, ERC-funded research position intended for Ukrainian scientists. Research topic is flexible but should be related to the mechanics of liquid–solid systems. 🇪🇺🇺🇦 Anyone can apply. Details are here https://tinyurl.com/rift-o-mat-ukraine.

Speed and style are fundamental, at least for magma transport. Our Annual Reviews paper helps you and your students understand the latest constraints, hypotheses, and questions about magma transport through the mantle and into the lithosphere. @tokeller https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-earth-032320-083704

Check out the latest research from FoaLab at EGU! We have three abstracts arising from our ERC project RIFT-O-MAT:

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