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Register now for Goldschmidt Virtual 2020

This year's conference will take place entirely online from 21-26 June, and will include a combination of on-demand and live events to accommodate participants in different time zones. In addition to standard scientific presentations, you can also participate in workshops, discussion sessions, a mentoring program, and much more. Visit the Virtual Conference FAQ to learn more about how it will work.

Registration is just $100 for professionals and $25 for students and retired scientists who are members of the GS or EAG. Login to your EAG member area to check your EAG membership number, or click here to join the EAG or renew your membership.

For presenting authors, the registration deadline is 3 June and presentations should also be submitted by this date.


Geochemistry and Society Sessions

A special series of sessions during the conference will address how the science of geochemistry affects people and the planet. Topics include geohazards, climate change and biodiversity loss, communicating science, and more.

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Mentor Program: sign up by 21 May

With in-person connections impossible, it becomes even more critical to find ways to connect our early career researchers to the rest of the international community. For this reason we will be running the mentoring program in a virtual format. Designed for novice conference attendees, students and early career scientists, mentees will be matched with an experienced scientist to help them navigate the conference.

Click here for more information, and sign up by 21 May.

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Join or renew your EAG membership!

Join the EAG or renew your membership to benefit from the discounted registration rates for Goldschmidt Virtual 2020 and to receive the upcoming issues of Geochemical Perspectives and Elements. Full membership benefits can be viewed here.

2020 Membership rates:
Students: 1 year - 15€ / 3 years - 35€
Professionals: 1 year - 30€ / 5 years - 120€ / 10 years - 240€

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Elements April issue: Raman Spectroscopy in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Raman spectroscopy has become a valuable tool for analysis of natural and synthetic materials. Raman is a non-destructive analytical method with micrometer-scale spatial resolution that is applicable to analysis of solid, liquid, and gaseous materials. As a result, Raman is common analytical instrument in many Earth science and materials science departments and is a key component of the scientific payload onboard rovers used for planetary exploration. The articles in this issue explore how Raman has deepened and broadened our understanding of geological and extraterrestrial materials and processes.

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***Information for EAG members: Elements and Covid-19***

Due to the Covid-19 situation, shipment of the April issue of Elements has been delayed.

All EAG members have online access to current and past issues of Elements (html and pdf versions) as well as the new digital edition. To access the online content, log in to the Elements website with your EAG membership details (user id = email address, password = EAG membership number). To verify your EAG membership number, or to update your postal address for delivery of future print issues, log in to your EAG membership area.

EAG Blogosphere

Geochemists in the time of COVID-19

In this new series of posts on the EAG blogosphere, geochemists from around the world tell us about their experiences during this difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic: how it has affected their academic and research activities, and how they have been adjusting to new ways of life.

Read Part 1 and Part 2 now, and follow us on the EAG blog or our Facebook and Twitter channels for future posts in the series!

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Goldschmidt2020 and EAG deadlines

21 May: Goldschmidt Virtual 2020: mentor program sign up deadline
3 June: Goldschmidt Virtual 2020: registration deadline for presenting authors 

1 September: EAG Student Sponsorship application deadline
1 October: EAG Early Career Science Ambassador application deadline

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Other geochemistry related event deadlines

29 July: AGU Fall Meeting 2020 abstract deadline

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New in Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Hafnium isotopes in zircons document the gradual onset of mobile-lid tectonics

The tectonic regime of the early Earth has proven enigmatic due to a scarcity of preserved continental crust, yet how early continents were generated is key to deciphering Earth’s evolution. Here we show that a compilation of data...

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Moderately volatile element behaviour at high temperature determined from nuclear detonation         

The first nuclear detonation, at the Trinity test site, is an analogue for high temperature volatile loss during planet formation processes. We report Cu isotope and abundance data, comparing them with Zn and K isotopes in trinitite glasses...

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Tracing ‘Third Pole’ ice meltwater contribution to the Himalayan rivers using oxygen and hydrogen isotopes

Global warming is adversely affecting the melting rates of Himalayan glaciers, which feed a number of large river systems in the Indian sub-continent. Regional scale assessment of glaciers and their link to rivers are mostly quantified using...

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Forty-year pollution history of microplastics in the largest marginal sea of the western Pacific

Marine sediments have been considered to be a major sink for microplastics, yet the pollution history of microplastics recorded in these sediments remains poorly understood. Using a combination of 210Pb chronology and...

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Geochemistry Making the News

North Pole’s Largest-ever Ozone Hole Finally Closes

[Scientific American] After looming above the Arctic for nearly a month, the single largest ozone hole ever detected over the North Pole has finally closed, researchers from the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) reported. “The unprecedented 2020...

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New geochemical tool reveals origin of Earth's nitrogen

[Science Daily] Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and their colleagues used a new geochemical tool to shed light on the origin of nitrogen and other volatile elements on Earth, which may also prove...

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How Long Was Venus Habitable?

[EOS] Earth and Venus are “sister worlds,” sharing a similar size, mass, and bulk composition. You wouldn’t want to visit modern-day Venus, though, with its atmosphere of carbon dioxide and nitrogen and surface temperatures hovering around 450°C. But our neighbor probably wasn’t always...

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Scientists produce a magnetic nanocrystal with many potential applications

[] Spinels are oxides with chemical formulas of the type AB2O4, where A is a divalent metal cation (positive ion), B is a trivalent metal cation, and O is oxygen. Spinels are valued for their beauty, which derives from the molecules' spatial configurations, but spinels in which...

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A Piece of Mars That Fell in Antarctica Contains Ingredient for Life, Scientists Discover

[] Humans have been chucking robots over to Mars for decades, but occasionally, Mars does us a literal solid by chucking a piece of itself back over to Earth. In 1984, for instance, scientists discovered a four-pound meteorite from Mars in the Allan Hills region of Antarctica, which...

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River-groundwater hot spot for arsenic

[Geology Page] Naturally occurring (geogenic) groundwater arsenic contamination is a problem of global significance, with noteworthy occurrences in large parts of the alluvial and deltaic aquifers in South and Southeast Asia. To address this problem tremendous research...

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Job Opportunities

Internships, MSc and PhD positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: BSc/MSc
MSc positions in Mineral Resources
University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
01 Jul
Type: BSc/MSc
Geochemistry (MSc)
University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
01 Jul
Type: PhD Position
Understanding Hydrate Formation in Porous Rock for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Applications
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
05 May or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD position in Glacial Biogeochemistry
CryoEco, Department of Ecology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
20 Apr or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Cycles of phosphorus and uranium under dysoxic (oxygen-depleted) conditions in past and present environments.
Laboratoire Géosciences Environnement Toulouse, Toulouse, France
05 Jun
Type: PhD Position
PhD on atmospheric microplastics and their fate in the Critical Zone @ Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées Toulouse
Observatoire Midi Pyrénées CNRS/Université de Toulouse, France
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Circulation and provenance of gold coins in ancient periods thanks to the development of in situ measurements of lead, copper and iron isotopes.
French National Centre for Scientific Research / University of Toulouse , France
15 Sep
Type: PhD Position
REE interactions with organo-mineral colloids as a control of the REE environmental dissemination (ITN MSCA PANORAMA)
Géosciences Rennes: a Joint Research unit supported by the French National Research Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and UR1, France
15 Jun
Type: PhD Position
Reactive transport of REE in natural porous media: experimental study and modeling (ITN MSCA PANORAMA)
Géosciences Rennes: a Joint Research unit supported by the French National Research Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and UR1 , France
15 Jun
Type: PhD Position
Does soil REE speciation control REE phyto-availability and dissemination within plants?
Géosciences Rennes: a Joint Research unit supported by the French National Research Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and UR1 , France
15 Jun
Type: PhD Position
Evaluation and characterization of REEs toxicity in aquatic and terrestrial plant models (offer 14 of the MSCA-ITN PANORAMA)
University of Bari, Italy
15 Jun or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Dating laterites from the Amazon Basin, methodological developments and relations with the paleoclimatic record.
Sorbonne Université, France
15 Jun

PostDoctoral positions and Fellowships

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Research Associate
Two Postdoctoral Positions in Crust-Magma Evolution - Zircon melt inclusions, SIMS
Dept. of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, United States
15 Mar or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoc Position in Transmission Electron Microscopy
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
11 May or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Researchers in Geochemistry/Petrology
Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, China
30 Jun or until position is filled

Faculty, Technical and other positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Other
Assistant Professor in Earth Surface Processes
University of California, Merced, United States
30 Jun
Type: Other
Tier I Canada Research Chair in Metallogeny
Laurentian University - Harquail School of Earth Sciences, Canada
until the position is filled
Type: Other
Deep Sea Senior Technician
Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
28 May
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EAG Partners

New date for the 82nd EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition

In view of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, EAGE is announcing the postponement of the 82nd EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition (Amsterdam, Netherlands;  8-11 June 2020). The event will now be held at the same venue (Rai Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam) from 8 to 11 December 2020.

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IAGC Working Groups: Geochemistry of the Earth’s Surface symposium (GES12)

The 12th International Symposium Geochemistry of the Earth’s Surface, scheduled to take place from 16 – 21 August in Zurich, is cancelled due to COVID-19. It is hoped that GES12 can be postponed to 2021 – if this is the case, the new dates will be announced as soon as possible.

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Postponed: 3rd Mineralogical Conference EMC2020: Mineralogy in the modern world

It is with regret that due to the current global situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Scientific and Organizing Committees have taken the difficult decision to postpone the 3rd Mineralogical Conference (EMC2020) to 2021. The new proposed date is 29 August – 2 September 2021.

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