Travels

Travels

Carbonate Systems Engineering Research Group

EGGS Annual Conference - Cambridge 2018

 

In April 2018 we held the Annual Conference of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society. The theme of the conference was 'keeping lessons alive'. Some wonderful presentations.

 

 

 

Consett - Co. Durham 2017

 

In September 2017 we revisited the slag heaps at Consett Co. Durham. This time we brought a sonic drilling rig with us (thanks Geosonic Drilling). The aim was to investigate carbon sequestration inside of the heap. Earlier in the summer we also surveyed the area with Cardiff University MSc sudents.

 

Team:

Dr Phil Renforth

Dr Huw Pullin

Dr Will Mayes (University of Hull)

Richard Davies (Rhonnda Geotechnical)

 

Dr Pete Brabham (Cardiff University)

Callum Edgecumbe (Cardiff University)

Owen Davies (Cardiff Univerity)

PapakĊlea Beach - Hawai'i 2016

 

In March 2016 we visited Papakolea Beach in Hawai'i. Located near South Point on the Big Island, it is one of very few green beaches in the world. The beach is green because it is rich in the mineral olivine. Like most silicate minerals, olivine removes CO2 from the atmosphere when it dissolves. Some have suggested spreading it onto land and beaches to enhance weathering, and remove additional CO2 from the atmosphere to prevent climate change. We went to Papakolea beach to see how quickly the olivine is dissolving, and what impact that dissolution has on the local environment.

 

Team:

Dr Phil Renforth

Dr Francesc Montserrat (NIOZ)

Dr Diana Vasquez Cardenas (NIOZ)

& Luna

 

Consett - Co. Durham 2016

 

In July 2016 we visited the slag heaps at Consett Co. Durham. Landscaped and grassed over, you wouldn't realise that you're standing on a small mountain of material left over from the former steelworks that closed in 1980. Yet, even after 35 years, the waters emanating from these tips are highly alkaline with pH up to 12. Quickly that pH drops as the water comes into contact with CO2 in the air, which results in the formation of carbonate tufas in the local streams. This was part of a CIWM funded MSc dissertation to map the tips using geophysics.

 

Team:

Dr Phil Renforth

Dr Pete Brabham (Cardiff University)

Dr Jo Hamlyn (Cardiff University)

Dr Will Mayes (University of Hull)

James Heath (Cardiff University)

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