Author: fossiliam

Earth scientist in North Yorkshire, fossilist on the Dinosaur Coast. Director of the Yorkshire Fossil Festival and palaeontologist with Hidden Horizons. Can be found cricketing for Ovington CC. Can be found twittering as @fossiliam.

Powered By Rock – Week 8

REVIEWING THE OPTIONS Lecture notes – 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect8_summary_SML (PowerPoint) An Excel spreadsheet showing the full list of UK power stations (location, type, capacity) from the DUKES website. Energy predictability Every year, the International Energy Agency gives an overview of the World Energy Outlook. The 2013 edition can be found here. However, according to Energy Post, the IEA World Energy Outlook consistently...

Powered By Rock – Week 6

THE POWER OF WATER Lecture notes – 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect6_hydro_SML (PowerPoint). Harnessing hydroelectric power (DECC website information). Micro-scale run-of-river projects “take off in the UK” (news article from 2011). Cruachan Scotland’s power mountain (article on The Register). The Hollow Mountain (information film from 1966). Visit Cruachan (official website). Cruachan site (Scottish Power summary). Dinorwig, North Wales The Electric Mountain (official website) Glendoe,...

Powered by Rock – Week 5

GEOTHERMAL Lecture notes (as a pdf) – 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect5_geotherm Lecture notes (as a PowerPoint file) – 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect5_geotherm_SML (With sincere thanks to Dr Charlotte Adams of BritGeothermal, Durham University, for providing much of the information) US Geothermal energy (from US Energy Information Administration) Geothermal Technologies Office, US Dept of Energy. Geothermal energy (British Geological Survey) The BritGeothermal project (BGS, Glasgow, Durham, Newcastle)...

Powered by Rock – Week 4

NUCLEAR Lecture notes (PowerPoint) – 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect4_nuclear_SML What is uranium and how does it provide energy? (World Nuclear Association) The geology of uranium (World Nuclear Association) Uranium in a nutshell (About.com) Did the Fukushima accident cause increased thyroid cancer in children? (article in the Guardian, Mar. 2014) Radioactive waste management in the UK (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) Sellafield geological storage site selection...

Powered by Rock – Week 2

COAL Lecture notes (pdf): 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect2_coal_mini Lecture notes (PowerPoint): 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect2_coal Energy from fossil fuels – a short explanation of the chemical reactions that allow us to extract energy from hydrocarbons, by Western Oregon University. Coal – guide from the Minerals UK section of the British Geological Survey. Coal statistics from the UK Government. World coal statistics from UK Coal. Coal mining statistics...

Powered by Rock – Week 1

Earth’s Energy Systems – Introduction (updated Thurs. Jan 23rd) Lecture slides from Week 1: 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect1_intro (PowerPoint file) 2014_PoweredbyRock_lect1_intro (PDF) Generally useful online energy resources: Prof. David MacKay’s book ‘Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air’ can be downloaded free from his website here. The International Energy Agency (IEA) website can be found here. The UK Department of Energy & Climate...

An Introduction to Geology: 10

PREDICTIVE GEOSCIENCE Lecture notes: 2013_IntroGeol_Lect10_future_SML (PDF) 2013_IntroGeol_Lect10_future_SML (PowerPoint) Earthquakes The global seismic hazard assessment programme (1992-1999). Predicting earthquakes (USGS web resources) Earthquakes and seismology (BGS resources) The L’Aquila Earthquake, Italy (by Dr Richard Walters, University of Leeds) Did toads predict the L’Aquila earthquake? (from Nature Blogs) Volcanoes International Earthquake and Volcano Prediction Center. Cycles in felsic volcanic eruptions might be caused...