The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences recently received a donation of 10 licenses of the Move software suite from Petroleum Experts Limited (Petex), which Petex values at $2.8 million. The Move software suite provides users with the ability to integrate structural and geophysical datasets in order to develop 2D and 3D geologic models. Thank you Petex for your generous donation and for your contribution to research at the University of Ottawa.
Renelle Dubosq, a PhD researcher working under the supervision of Prof. David Schneider, spent time at the Max Planck Institut in Düsseldorf to better understand the atomic structure of Fool’s Gold (pyrite). By showing that traces of gold are actually freed during rock deformation — the process of folding, faulting or shearing — her research will help geologists target their mining efforts more effectively. Read the complete article.
Glenn Poirier has produced a new book with a team of mineralogists about the famous Poudrette quarry. At last count, over 434 mineral species have been found at Mont Saint-Hilaire, representing 9% of all known mineral species. Almost half of all known chemical elements are included in this mineral mix. The images capture the colors of Vásárely, the symmetry of Escher, the form of Bartók and the intricate patterns of Mandelbrot, all found here, in this miracle of nature.