GGE-UROP - The Projects

These pages provide information on the GGE-UROP Projects available to students.

DyfiEstuaryProject_800px Anthropogenic Stratigraphy - “the Plasticene”: Can synthetic fibres be recognised in, extracted from and constrain the age of modern sedimentary deposits? This pilot project will investigate whether synthetic fibres are preserved in the sedimentary deposits of the Dyfi Estuary, and if they are, how might they be extracted? If fibres can be identified, can a link to anthropogenic activity be made?

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Fossils Curation of collections and digital experiences: a learning opportunity in the geosciences? How can curating geological specimens help us learn? This project will involve the digital curation of a set of geological specimens of the students choosing from the collections here at Keele.

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Earthquate Monitoring project GGE-UROP Keele Geology continuously records seismic data, detecting earthquakes from around the world. This project will analyse recent earthquakes and combine with other information to produce displays for the earthquakes noticeboard in the foyer of the William Smith Building.

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Badger Badger setts are commonly investigated for a host of reasons, eg undermining roads/embankments as well as illegally in some rural communities. This project aims to give protocols/workflows to use geoscience methods to locate and characterise them.

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meteorite image 360px Ever wanted to find a meteorite? Well this is your chance! This project is a hunt for, and recording of, meteorites from Keele Campus.

Meteorites are pieces of space debris that survive the journey through our atmosphere and reach the surface of a planet or moon. Generally originating from comets, asteroids or meteoroids; they are formed of metallic and rocky material. The majority of debris that enters Earth’s atmosphere breaks up due to the intense friction, pressure and chemical changes it experiences, making meteor falls of large meteorites relatively uncommon. So, to find meteorites on Keele Campus we need to think differently; we need to think small! Much more abundant than their larger counterparts (they range from 50 µm to 2 mm), micrometeorites can be found across the Earth’s surface. This project will collect this cosmic dust from Keele Campus, prepare it, and record it. Ultimately the findings will be disseminated in a visual format that is accessible and informative.

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Windfarm Site investigation work is already underway for Keele’s new Solar and Wind Farm. This project will involve high resolution geological mapping and geophysical surveying to produce a baseline before the site becomes operational, and data will be integrated into a new geological/geophysical model of campus.

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Keele campus The search for missing persons is obviously crucial, not only to victim families but also for justice. This project aims to give protocols/workflows to use thermal imaging methods to locate and characterise them.

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Life in Freezer image Microbes from the land, atmosphere and sea become trapped in Antarctic ice, and offer a huge amount of information about past environments. This project aims to develop a new tiered-filtration fluorescence method to assess the types of microbes and organic matter in ice core samples from Antarctica.

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