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Keele Petrology Group presenting their research at VMSG conference
Several members of the Keele Petrology Group were presenting their research at the Annual Meeting of the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG) at the University of Liverpool. Adam Jeffery, who has recently completed his PhD at Keele, gave a talk about the volcanology and petrology of volcanic rocks from the Azores (Portugal), providing insight in how these rocks formed and what consequences this has for the eruptive behaviour of the volcano. Current PhD student Sean Whitley (see photo) presented his research about the interaction of carbonate rocks with ascending magmas at Merapi volcano (Indonesia), one of the key locations to study the global relevance of this process for volcanic CO2 degassing. Recent MGeo graduate Krzysztof Sokol had a presentation about his research on alkaline igneous rocks, potentially of economic importance as source for rare elements, from Armenia. Moreover, current PhD student Rebecca Wiltshire participated in a workshop about X-ray tomography of geomaterials. All Keele Petrology Group members, including GGE staff members Dr Gertisser and Dr Halama, were actively involved in forging new research links, benefited from numerous discussions with colleagues, and enjoyed a highly inspiring conference.