The Irish Geological Association Posts

Abstract: “Graphite has been known from antiquity as a material for marking and writing. Although graphite has always been thought of as a low-value product it is a vital element in nuclear technology, electrical components and steel-making. Graphite’s nanothin relative, graphene, is making its own mark in a range of high-tech and ‘green’ technologies, such as solar cells and computer touch screens. Graphite itself…

Read More Lecture: “Graphite – the new black gold!” by George Reynolds (Metrics Consulting) – November 22nd 2017

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our lecture on “Graphite: the New Black Gold” (George Reynolds) had to be postponed.   We are so lucky to host another talk and many thanks to Professor Chris Bean for stepping in at such notice for this. Planet Earth is a connected system of physical, chemical and biological interactions. Yet in our minds we tend to…

Read More Lecture: Ear to the Ground – Listening into Extraordinary Conversations between the Oceans and the Solid Earth (Prof. Chris Bean, DIAS) – THIS Wednesday 25th October 2017

Dear Member, You are very welcome to come along for a day of gold panning to the IGA’s Peter Lewis Memorial Gold Panning Expedition. Please read on for further details of the trip. When: September 30th – 2pm-5pm Meeting place: The entrance to the Bohernabreena Water Works Geographic coordinates: 53° 15’ 31.98” N 6° 22’ 06.20” W or ITM coordinates: 708843…

Read More Peter Lewis Memorial Gold Panning Expedition – September 30th 2017

Patrick will illustrate how college students and amateur geologists, among others, can research geological history by applying genealogy techniques to solve etymological problems in fossil, mineral, and mineral collection names. The talk will use five Irish case studies: the etymological hunt for the Ichthyorachis newenhami fossil; revealing the Miss Cotter behind the mineral variety ‘cotterite’; discovering the ‘finger-lickin’ background to…

Read More IGA Lecture – 27th September 2017 – Geology and Genealogy – The Odd Couple by Dr. Patrick Roycroft (Elements geological magazine)