Cockburn Geological Museum

Cockburn Geological Museum Cockburn Museum, Grant Institute, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh Many attractive specimens from the collections are displayed in presentation cases along the main corridors of the Grant Institute.
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Material may be viewed, and in appropriate circumstances loaned, by arrangement with the Curator. Much other material is readily accessible but in locked cabinets. The research collections from graduate theses are mainly stored in the basements to the Earth Sciences buildings. Material in storage can also be examined by prior arrangement with the Curator. Members of academic staff particularly inv

Material may be viewed, and in appropriate circumstances loaned, by arrangement with the Curator. Much other material is readily accessible but in locked cabinets. The research collections from graduate theses are mainly stored in the basements to the Earth Sciences buildings. Material in storage can also be examined by prior arrangement with the Curator. Members of academic staff particularly inv

Operating as usual

09/09/2021

Today we are pleased to announce the launch of ‘#WalterScott and Revolution’, an online #exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of the author’s birth. The exhibition presents Scott in a fresh and unexpected light. It shows how Scott lived through an age of #revolution, and how his best-selling #novels and #poems were a vivid and powerful response to revolutionary change.

https://exhibitions.ed.ac.uk/exhibitions/walter-scott-revolution

@WalterScott250 #walterscott250

A Podcast Update! Listen an episode of We've got History Between Us, with Gillian McCay, assistant curator at the Cockbu...
17/06/2021
We've Got History Between Us • A podcast on Anchor

A Podcast Update! Listen an episode of We've got History Between Us, with Gillian McCay, assistant curator at the Cockburn Museum! Thanks to the team at UoE Collections VOiCE (Volunteers in Collections Engagement)

Here: https://anchor.fm/we-ve-got-history 🚨#wghbu6 #podcastep #listennow #newepsiode #cockburnmuseum #geology #geologypodcast #charleslyell #lyellproject #arthurholmes

Hello and welcome to 'We’ve got History Between Us'. This podcast is brought you to by VOiCE – Volunteers in Collections Engagement. Over the coming months We’ve Got History will be exploring the different aspects of Collections, Archives, the wider museum circuit and heritage sector. We’re ...

17/06/2021
22/04/2021

As part of 𝗘𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗗𝗮𝘆, 𝗚𝗲𝗼𝗡𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗿 is looking for drone pilots to help monitor sea cucumbers and their habitat around the world, and 𝘄𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗬𝗢𝗨! Take your drone for a spin on a coastal mapping mission at low tide from 20m altitude with your camera facing down and you can help us understand more about these animals and their contribution to local ecosystems.

Follow our easy step by step process to get mapping with your drone here:
https://www.geonadir.com/sea-cucumbers

Upload your data to GeoNadir (www.geonadir.com) and tag with ‘𝘀𝗲𝗮 𝗰𝘂𝗰𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀’ and we’ll do the science, we just need your pics! And remember, even if you don’t find any sea cucumbers, this is still important for us to know. We want to know where they are, as well as where they are not :)

For more information about how we can use drones to count sea cucumbers, check out https://www.mdpi.com/2504-446X/5/2/28

How can I help you help us?

#drone #dronedata #dronesforgood #dronepilots #dronemapper #UAV #citizenscience #seacucumber
#spatialdata #geospatial #datascience #environment

https://www.geonadir.com/sea-cucumbers

Photos from The Geological Society's post
24/03/2021

Photos from The Geological Society's post

23/03/2021

🇮🇸 🌋 La forza primigenia della natura islandese si sta manifestando in tutta la sua potenza. Gli scienziati indicano che ci sono ragioni per ritenere che stiamo assistendo alla formazione di un vulcano a scudo. La maggior parte delle eruzioni di questo tipo è avvenuta tra i 10.000 e i 5000 anni fa, in Islanda, con l'eccezione della nascita dell'isola di Surtsey, a metà del secolo scorso. Non è possibile accertarne la natura per ora, ma se questa ipotesi fosse corretta, tale eruzione potrebbe proseguire per anni. Ciò la renderebbe e non già speciale, ma addirittura unica.

Nel frattempo le misurazioni hanno rilevato un aumento pericoloso di gas velenosi, e la zona è stata temporaneamente chiusa al pubblico. la protezione civile ne ha approfittato per installare un minimo di segnaletica per facilitare i visitatori e prevenire problemi.

Questa foto l'ho tenuta per ultima perché è la mia preferita: appaiono molto chiaramente le dimensioni del neonato cono vulcanico (che nel frattempo è collassato e si è riformato un paio di volte), e rende l'idea della piccolezza umana rispetto alle forze naturali. Un concetto che tendiamo a dimenticare nelle nostre realtà più antropizzate, inclusa la capitale islandese! Per fortuna qui basta un breve viaggio in macchina e una camminata, per trovarsi faccia a faccia con queste forze primordiali!

08/03/2021

Ingenious, Indigenous cartography: The Tunumiit (Eastern Greenlandic Inuit) practice of carving portable maps out of driftwood to be used while navigating coastal waters. These pieces, which are small enough to be carried in a mitten, represent coastlines in a continuous line, up one side of the wood and down the other. The maps are compact, buoyant, and can be read in the dark.

Baby tyrannosaurs were only the size of a Border Collie dog when they took their first steps, a team of palaeontologists...
25/01/2021
Baby tyrannosaurs dinosaurs were the 'size of a Border Collie'

Baby tyrannosaurs were only the size of a Border Collie dog when they took their first steps, a team of palaeontologists has discovered.

Dr Greg Funston, of the university's School of GeoSciences, said: "These bones are the first window into the early lives of tyrannosaurs and they teach us about the size and appearance of baby tyrannosaurs.

Well Done Greg!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-55796799?fbclid=IwAR1IbkrQX8uB9xRZHGx13y_aGq5pwIjlfE1SgOTvaWDwnQXPyYqZWzSIlFw

Scans of fossilised dinosaur remains reveal they were about 3ft long when they took their first steps.

Hahaha - Classic... I feel like I see these facial expressions on video calls when the internet freezes.
22/01/2021

Hahaha - Classic... I feel like I see these facial expressions on video calls when the internet freezes.

How are you feeling today on a scale of CP Dinosaurs?

We're in a seven-ish kind of mood this morning 😉

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Our friend Natalie is at it again! #LoveStarDustStarkey
20/01/2021

Our friend Natalie is at it again! #LoveStarDustStarkey

Identifying interstellar objects is about right place right time more than people think.

Natalie Starkey joins Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice to discuss 'Oumuamua, the first detected interstellar object that passed through the solar system.
https://link.chtbl.com/Oumuamua

Just a little things we will be doing next week... Elise Newcomer Ramsay and I will be talking about what we have been d...
03/12/2020
Mapping a Remarkable Life: A virtual introduction to the Lyell Collection

Just a little things we will be doing next week... Elise Newcomer Ramsay and I will be talking about what we have been doing with the Charles Lyell collection of specimens, papers, and notebooks - book yourself a spot on this exciting event next Thursday 10 December at 1pm GMT.

A behind-the-scenes look at the geological collection of Sir Charles Lyell and his connection with Darwin and climate change research.

Geomorphology Rules
16/10/2020

Geomorphology Rules

Talking to... YOU...

SCOTTISH GEOLOGY FESTIVAL 2020!Follow the link to join in!https://www.scottishgeologytrust.org/scottish-geology-festival...
19/09/2020
Scottish Geology Festival 2020 – Scottish Geology Trust

SCOTTISH GEOLOGY FESTIVAL 2020!

Follow the link to join in!

https://www.scottishgeologytrust.org/scottish-geology-festival-2020/?fbclid=IwAR28eoowAhEhvhFEYFv0TR9hBZiVb2vCJOPSeynyoO67bSWHwZmmyP4DBQY

Uncategorised Scottish Geology Festival 2020 Scotland’s geological heritage has attracted international interest for centuries and with renown sites on our doorstep, even in Scotland’s capital, it’s been agreed a celebration inviting all to explore these incredible places is well overdue. The ...

Our friend Natalie Starkey answering your questions! #SheIsARockStar!
22/07/2020

Our friend Natalie Starkey answering your questions! #SheIsARockStar!

It’s Cosmic Queries time!
Ask astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and cosmochemist and author Natalie Starkey, PhD, questions about NEOWISE and other comets. Ask your questions in the comments below. Deadline: 10pm ET 7/23.

University of Edinburgh - GeoSciences
06/07/2020

University of Edinburgh - GeoSciences

🎉Today (Mon 6 July) is the 100th anniversary of the Kings Buildings campus - University of Edinburgh College of Science and Engineering #KB100 #KB101

🤩 As we are not on campus, celebratory events will be postponed to next year.

🔗 For more information https://edin.ac/kb101

Secret Edinburgh An Unusual Guide
01/07/2020

Secret Edinburgh An Unusual Guide

And here's George Mair again on page 23 of today's Edinburgh Evening News (#lockdownhair)

#MidSummer - A magical time of year!
24/06/2020

#MidSummer - A magical time of year!

Happy Midsummer's Day everyone. Yes - today is officially Midsummer Day in the UK and we're going to be sharing some things from our collections that evoke feelings of summer, happiness and long, lazy days...

First up, here's something from the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery collection - the painting ‘Repairing Salmon Nets, Anstruther’ (1890-1892) by Robert McGowan Coventry (1855 - 1914). We think this beautifully captures a summery and strong open-air feeling of the East Coast of Scotland (when the sun deigns to shine...) Note - he's still wearing a coat though...

Given the warmth I am feeling through the window here is some advice for everyone worried about sustaining our natural r...
24/06/2020

Given the warmth I am feeling through the window here is some advice for everyone worried about sustaining our natural resources... in Scotland and Northern Ireland we feel like we have plenty of water - but please remember that this is still a precious resource and much of it is stored in the rocks and ground beneath our feet.

We need everyone to act now to help protect our water supply. Reservoir levels are dropping and household demand is still high. Saving water is easy. Everyone can take 3 steps which will save more than 30 litres of water per day.

If every one of us:
1. Shortened our shower by 1 min this would save 7 litres per day
2. Turned off the tap when brushing our teeth this would save 12 litres a day
3. Put a jug in the fridge instead of running the tap (6 glasses of water), this would save 12 litres a day.

This would mean a saving of over 30 litres per person! These small changes will make a big difference to our water storage levels to ensure there is enough water for the essentials.

For more information- https://www.niwater.com/news-detail/11845/3-steps-to-save-30-litres/

UMIS
18/06/2020

UMIS

Did you know it's Children's Art Week 2020 from 29 June - 19 July?? (Yes - we know it's not 7 days, but who could pack that much awesomeness into one measly week!?!) Run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and supported by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England & Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru | Arts Council of Wales it's packed with art activities for kids. Our fantastic #CapturingLives2020 project is on the bill, so why not sign up and join us? Further info on their page or at https://buff.ly/2EFhexM

18/06/2020
052333 Mechanical and Electronics Technician

If you know anyone looking for a job right now, please share this advert. We are looking for another new member of the technical team to provide expertise in the design, manufacture and maintenance of a range of scientific instrumentation including electronic equipment.

#JobOpportunity - Mechanical and Electronics Technician. Vacancy ref - 052333

If you are interested in lab #equipment used in teaching & research check it out.

https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/details/4320769

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16/06/2020

#JobOpportunity - Scientific Equipment & Teaching Support Officer. Vacancy ref - 052344.

If you are interested in #equipment used in teaching & research - everything from compasses to GPS stations, you might be interested in this.

https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/details/4334092

Simply Amazing!
12/06/2020

Simply Amazing!

Wanted to draw some fan art to celebrate Jurassic Park and the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. This was a real joy to draw.

11/06/2020
ZEISS Microscopy

ZEISS Microscopy

Despite the challenges of the current situation, @AAPG short courses continue online this week. University of Houston professors Mike Myers and Lori Hathon, and ZEISS oil & gas technologist Matt Andrew, present “Rock Properties Modeling from 2-D Images: Making the Most of Thin Section Image Data” on Friday, June 12, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CDT. Programs are now open for registration to everyone. https://zeiss.ly/f_zeiss-at-aapg

Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
09/06/2020

Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

"Musings on the sometimes surprisingly racist history of early palaeoart and the importance of Black Lives Matter"
New blog post by Mark Witton

https://t.co/H2NGoNGxGQ

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Help! I am trying to get some seemingly unusual rocks identified that I found up in the Highlands about three months ago. I have sent emails but no reply and have recently tried phoning a number of times but no answer and I would be grateful if I could arrange a time when I could bring my rocks in. I have taken them to the geology shop in the Grassmarket and the owner has told me that you are the best people to contact. He and his assistant could not identify them and thought them uncommon and would be very interested to know what they are. They may well be nothing exciting but as an amateur enthusiast wanting to learn more I would very much like to know. Much appreciated, Eddie.
So when are we gonna get one of these?