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Society News

Elements June issue: Terroir: Science Related to Grape and Wine Quality

The French have a word for all aspects of the wine environment: terroir. Terroir is the integration of all individual factors that contribute to wine quality. This issue explores the physical environment that shapes the character and quality of wine, ranging from geology and soils to viticulture and climate. It also discusses some of the technological advances such as drones, remote sensing, and precision agriculture that are revolutionizing the production of fine wine...

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Goldschmidt2018 and EAG deadlines

12 July: Goldschmidt2018 Standard Registration deadline + Workshops + Social events booking deadline
12-17 August: Goldschmidt2018 Conference
1 September: Student Sponsorship application deadline
1 October: Early Career Science Ambassadors application deadline

Other geochemistry related event deadlines

15 June: Cities on Volcanoes 10  early registration deadline
 9 July: Annual Meeting of The Meteoritical Society registration deadline
13 July: Uranium-Biogeo Conference 2018 early registration deadline - Event co-sponsored by EAG
13 July
: Summer School – Reactive Transport Modeling in Geochemical Systems application deadline
13 July:  IMA 2018 registration deadline
1 August: AGU Fall Meeting 2018 abstract deadline
14 August: GSA 2018 abstract deadline
15 August: 9th International Conference on Asian Marine Geology early registration deadline

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New in Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Mass-dependent triple oxygen isotope variations in terrestrial materials

High precision triple oxygen isotope analyses of terrestrial materials show distinct fields and trends in Δ'17O - δ'18O space that can be explained by well understood fractionation processes. The Δ'17O - δ'18O field for meteoric waters has almost no overlap with that of rocks. Globally, meteoric water defines a λ value of ~0.528, although...

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Toxic anthropogenic pollutants reach the deepest ocean on Earth

Persistent organic pollutants (PCBs and PBDEs) were analysed in sediment core samples (0-2 cm) from the southern Mariana Trench at water depths of 7000-11000 m. ∑PCBs concentrations ranged from 931 to 4195 pg/g, far higher than those recorded before in marine sediments from shallower depths. Toxic Equivalence (TEQ)...

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EAG Blogosphere

Axel Hofmann's 2017 EAG-GS Outreach Progam to Africa tour

[By Axel Hofmann] As part of the 2017 EAG-GS Outreach Program to Africa I travelled to Earth Science departments in Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Nigeria to give a 3-day short course on Early Earth Life and Mineral Systems. The course explored the relationship between surface processes, evolution of life and the formation of mineral deposits on the early Earth. 

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An EAG ambassador aims for the bullseye at the 49th LPSC

[By Mark Fox-Powell] Attending my very first Lunar and Planetary Science Conference was an exciting prospect. As a planetary scientist whose background is in biology, it feels like a long and winding road that led me there. From the beginning of my PhD in astrobiology, I have felt drawn towards the exploration side of planetary science, and since then, especially during my current postdoc, I have been developing that interest consciously; pushing my work in the direction of mission-informing science.

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EGU2018: This is where all the science happens!

[By Stacy Phillips] The prospect of attending a large international conference during your PhD can be really daunting, especially if you’re only in your second year and in the early stages of data collection. That’s why I hadn’t planned on going to one until my 3rd year. But thanks to EAG Student Sponsorship I was able to attend the EGU General Assembly 2018 in Vienna. A scary but exciting opportunity that I am so glad I took.

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Comic Relief

A new cartoon from the ‘Black & White?’ series, by our resident cartoonists R & B, is out now! This comic was also published in Elements June 2018 issue. Check out the full series here.

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Geochemistry Making the News

NASA rover hits organic pay dirt on Mars

[Science] In its quest to find molecules that could point to life on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover has struck a gusher. Since Curiosity landed in 2012, it has sifted samples...

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Curiosity rover sees seasonal Mars methane swing

[BBC] It may only be a very small part of Mars' atmosphere but methane waxes and wanes with the seasons, scientists say. The discovery made by the Curiosity rover...

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Sucking carbon dioxide from air is cheaper than scientists thought

[Nature] Siphoning carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere could be more than an expensive last-ditch strategy for averting climate catastrophe. A detailed economic...

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Land rising above the sea 2.4 billion years ago changed planet Earth

[ScienceDaily] Chemical signatures in shale, the Earth's most common sedimentary rock, point to a rapid rise of land above the ocean 2.4 billion years ago...

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Why Earth’s Cracked Crust May Be Essential for Life

[Quantamagazine] From a distance, it’s not obvious that Earth is full of life. You have to get pretty close to see the biggest forests, and closer still to see the work of humans...

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Ancient Earth froze over in a geologic instant

[ScienceMag] Earth’s ice is melting at a rapid clip today. But some scientists think that during several ancient episodes, the planet plunged into a deep...

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Job Opportunities

Internships, MSc and PhD positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: PhD Position
PhD position in eco-hydrology (Hydrological constraints on Rare Earth Elements dynamics in the regolith-plant continuum)
LIST, Luxembourg
17 Nov or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Dating iron duricrusts in central Amazonia, Brazil: relation with paleoclimate change
GEOPS (University Paris Sud) and Institut de Mineralogie, de Physique des Materiaux et de Cosmochimie (UMR CNRS 7590, Sorbonne University, Paris), France
01 Oct or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
4 PhD positions in Environmental Geochemistry
Soil Chemistry Group, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
31 Jul or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Geochemical evolution of the Nyiragongo volcano, DR Congo: A natural and experimental study
KU Leuven - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences - Division of Geology, Belgium
15 Jun
Type: PhD Position
Metal recovery and CO2 sequestration with steel production waste materials.
Geochemistry and Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Microbiology, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom
01 Jul
Type: PhD Position
Geochemical tracers of oxygen in the modern and ancient oceans
School of Environment and Science, Griffith University, Australia
29 Jun
Type: PhD Position
PhD position in aquatic biogeochemistry
Environmental Biogeochemistry and Ecotoxicology/ Department F. A. Forel for environmental and aquatic sciences/University of Geneva, Switzerland
15 Jul or until position is filled

PostDoctoral positions and Fellowships

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Research Associate
Two Postdoctoral positions in Biogeochemical and Ecosystem Modeling
Global Water Futures Program, Ecohydrology Research Group, University of Waterloo, Canada
until the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Research Assistant in Isotope Geochemistry
Isotope Geochemistry, University of Tuebingen, Germany
until the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Assists research scientists and other research associates in the organizing, and conducting of advanced testing of gem materials. Interprets gemological and spectroscopic analysis results, and contributes to research projects, by performing the following duties.
Gemological Institute of America (protects the public trust in gems and jewelry by providing the education, research, and standards), United States
15 Jun or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
2 Postdoc positions in Environmental Geochemistry
Soil Chemistry Group, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
31 Jul or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Microbial and plant secreted metal chelating metabolites in the environment
NC State University (Raleigh, North Carolina), United States
until the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Geochemistry for (experimental) study of alteration/weathering on Mars and other small planetary bodies
Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics The Earth and Beyond Team: Comparative Planetology, Institute for Geosciences, University of Oslo , Norway
15 Jun
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Cosmochemistry
Carnegie Institution for Science, DTM, United States
15 Jul or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Environmental Mineralogy/Geochemistry - Behaviour and transformation of chromium species during metallurgical processing of chromite ores
NRCan, CanmetMINING, Canada
until the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoc position in Archaean geology at the University of Copenhagen
Geochemical, Mineralogical and Petrological Earth Science Research Group, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
30 Jun

Faculty, Technical and other positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Other
Position in Solid Earth Petrology / Geochemistry
Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, United States
until the position is filled
Type: Other
Faculty position in the Institute of Environmental Engineering (IIE), either at the tenure track level (Assistant Professor) or the tenured level (Associate or Full Professor).
EPFL, Switzerland
01 Sep or until position is filled
Type: Other
Three (3) Assistant Professor Positions in water science University of Waterloo
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo, Canada
15 Jun
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