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Podcasts

Listen to the Geological Society's podcast series produced by our Earth Science Communicator, Sarah Day, featuring our Shell London lecturers, as well as other geoscientists, speaking about their latest discoveries.

Oil and gas in the Arctic
Professor Al Fraser discusses Arctic oil and gas exploration - is it necessary, and what are the environmental, political and technical challenges?

LUSI: The geology and engineering of a mud volcano disaster in Java
David Shilston, the Geological Society's President, talks about the LUSI mud volcano, its impact, and the future for those living with its effects.

A year on Gale Crater - Curiosity on Mars
Sanjeev Gupta, a member of the Curiosity Rover science team, updates us on the latest news from Mars, and what's in store for the mission.

Life at deep sea hydrothermal vents
Adrian Glover, July's Shell Lecturer, discusses his research into the ecology of some of the world's most remote locations - hydrothermal vents thousands of metres below the surface of the ocean.



volcanoVolcanism, impacts and mass extinctions 
Sarah interviews a group of scientists at a multidisciplinary conference examining the causes and effects of mass extinctions - are we heading for another?

worm_60x60.jpgExceptionally preserved fossils
David Siveter discusses his research into exceptional fossil preservation, the unusual methods being used to reconstruct specimens, and how they cast light on the evolution of life.

million death quakeMillion death quake
British Geological Survey seismologist Roger Musson discusses his new book, and the questions and uncertainties which still surround the public understanding of earthquakes.  

AmmoniteJurassic culture 
The Jurassic Coast is playing host to part of the Cultural Olympiad this summer, as well as a backdrop to the sailing events. But why is it so special?

jurassic cultureThe hidden sea 
Water has been the story of our summer so far - but why can we have torrential rain and hosepipe bans at the same time? And what effect will the Olympics have on supply?

map'The map that changed the world' 
Sarah talks to Simon Winchester, author of 'The map that changed the world', about one of Britain's most influential scientists, William Smith, and his contribution to the history of geology.
London BeforeLondon before London 
In the first of our series focusing on the geology of the UK, Danielle Schreve explains how palaeontologists are using the river Thames to find out about London's geological past.

Figure 1. ‘Metropolis Globe New York’ by Werner Kunz, distributed under a Creative Commons licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/werkunz/3545012600/Geology in the age of Man 
January Shell Lecturer James Jackson talks earthquake prediction, and Mike Stephenson of the BGS explains the latest research into carbon capture and storage.

Sherlock HolmesCSI: Geology 
Speakers from the Geology Section of the British Science Festival explain their research  - featuring forensic geoscience, and an explanation of what rare earth elements do for us.

EarthGaia in the 21st Century 
James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis, who collaborated to develop the Gaia hypothesis, explain the origins of the idea, how it was received, and its relevance to present day challenges facing the Earth.
challenged by carbonChallenged by Carbon 
Produced after Climate Week 2011, this episode features GSL President Bryan Lovell discussing the role of geologists and the oil industry in the climate change debate. Geochemist Anthony Cohen explains how we know about the Earth's climate history.
SeismogramGeological Hazards - Home and Away 
Ian Main explains why earthquake prediction can be so difficult, and what else geologists can do to help protect communities, and Martin Culshaw talks about what geological hazards are faced by the UK.
Orkney science festivalRenewable Energy on Orkney 
Following a visit to the Orkney Science Festival, Sarah reports on the research being carried out into marine renewables, and finds that the Orkney islands are not as remote as they might seem...
artist's impression of asteroid impactImpacts 
Kieren Howard explains the significance of meteorite impacts on Earth, and a team of scientists discuss their work in resolving a long standing debate: did a meteorite impact kill the dinosaurs?

WormThe Oxford Museum of Natural History at 150 
Sarah Day takes a tour around the Oxford Museum of Natural History with Kevin Walsh, the museum’s Assistant Director, who talks about the museum's exhibition showing contemporary photographs, documents and engravings tracing its history as part of its 150th birthday celebrations.

Building in Concepción (photo by Claudio Núñez)Ground Shaking Research 
Prof Richard Sibson, winner of the 2010 Wollaston Medal, explains why earthquakes appear to be getting worse, and in part two of our dinosaur double bill, Prof Xu Xing joins UCL postgrad student Michael Pittman to explain their search for new dinosaur specimens.

Linheraptor fossilLife on Earth and Mars 
John Grotzinger explains the importance of NASA’s latest Mars rover, and UCL graduate student Michael Pittman talks about the discovery of a new species of dinosaur, Linheraptor exquisitus.

The Big Bang Fair logoThe Big Bang Fair 2010 
Sarah Day reports from the Big Bang Fair, part of National Science and Engineering Week, which took place on 11-13 March 2010, where thousands of schools and families visited to meet scientists and exhibitors from industries and businesses.
UmbrellaMapping the Arctic 
Mark St-Onge explains how so many nations worked together to produce the new Geological Map of the Arctic, and March’s Shell London Lecturer, Martin Blunt, discusses the difficult relationship which can sometimes exist between scientists and the media.

Charles LyellThe Present is the Key to the Past 
Bruce Levell, Chief Geologist at Shell, explains the relevance of this principle to the oil and gas industry today, and Lynne Frostick explains what rising tides mean for our future, and how an understanding of our geological past can help us prepare for the future.

Spider webSpider Webs and Seamounts 
Sarah Day visits Professor Martin Brasier who made the news when he published reports of the world’s oldest fossilized spider webs, and November’s Shell London Lecturer, Professor Tony Watts, explains the importance of his research into sea mounts - mountains under the sea.

Coccolithus pelagicusClimate on Earth and Mars 
In our very first podcast, Dr Matt Balme explains how he uses his knowledge of Earth to understand the Martian climate, and Dr Rosalind Rickaby tells of a tiny marine organism that’s facing a big climate challenge.