Rock samples from Antarctica, collected by
Captain Falcon Scott and his team during the British Antarctic Expedition otherwise known as the Terra Nova Expedition (1910 – 1913), are among the treasures of the Natural History Museum Petrology collection. A CT scan tells the story of a land, once warmer and rich in vegetation rather than the frozen and inhospitable Antarctica we know today.
Read on to learn about this rock in our collections, and the story it tells about this lost world.
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Following my last post in the Curator of Petrology blog
The island that disappeared, we take a closer look at the type of volcanic eruption that created the ephemeral island, the rocks produced by this type of eruption, and m eet Empedocles – the submarine volcano that gave birth to Graham Island.
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Specimens from the Museum petrology collection, known as
Pietra paesina or “Ruin Marble” have inspired artist Julie Derbyshire to create unique works of art.
Pietra paesina specimen in one of the portholes in the Earth Galleries at The Natural History Museum, London.
Read on to find out more about
Pietra paesina, how it formed, and how it inspired Julie’s artwork.
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The NHM petrology collection holds more than 126,000 specimens of geological and historical importance. We take a look at some historically important volcanic rocks that illustrate the story of a diplomatic fight over an island that disappeared.
Volcanic specimens from Graham Island held in the NHM Petrology collection
Read on to find out more in this post by our Sicilian Petrology Curator Epi Vaccaro about how the island formed, why it disappeared and the international dispute that it caused.
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A rare and intriguing example of sandstone known as a Gogotte, was generously donated to the Museum recently by
Daniel Eskenazi and family in honour of Sir David Attenborough’s 90th birthday.
Daniel Eskenazi, Sir David Attenborough and Sir Michael Dixon at an event to celebrate the new donation. Photo © Dare & Hier Media Ltd / NHM London
Read on to find out more about how it formed, why we were presented it, why it is important and how we are using behind the scenes facilities to study it.
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