New app for the journal Sedimentology

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The International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS) have launched a new app for the journal Sedimentology, available free for iphones and ipads. If you're a subscriber, you can now read the journal via the app - you can link the app to an institutional subscription as well as a personal one. Lets hope they're working on bringing one out for android soon too!Capture2

Lecturer in Physical Geography (incl Earth Surface Processes), Uni Melbourne

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School of Geography Faculty of Science Salary: $92,654 - $110,022 p.a. plus 17% superannuation Employment Type: Full-time (continuing) The Faculty of Science seeks applications for a teaching and research position in its newly established School of Geography. We require candidates with internationally recognised research records and an excellent track record of teaching, relative to opportunity. The scholarship of successful applicants will fit well with one (or more) of the existing physical geography research strengths of the School: biogeography and palaeoenvironments and earth surface processes. Environmental change is a cross-cutting theme across our research strengths and is analysed with reference to both social and natural sciences. The appointee is expected to lead a research program of exceptional promise that will attract postgraduate students, engage international collaborators and secure external research funding from national competitive research schemes, as well as potential industry partners. The appointee will have a core commitment to research, and will also teach within the School's undergraduate and MSc programs, and supervise research students at undergraduate, MSc and MPhil/PhD levels. Close date: 15 May 2016 Link to website:

PhD Opportunities in sedimentology and sedimentary at Queensland University of Technology

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PhD Opportunities in sedimentology and sedimentary provenance studies of intraplate orogenic-related sedimentation We are seeking 2 high-quality PhD candidates with either strong field-based research interests in sedimentology or detrital mineral geochronology to be part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research program investigating the Carboniferous sedimentary record across eastern Australia hypothesised to be linked to intraplate orogenesis. Further details on the projects can be found at: Interested applicants will need to apply for a PhD scholarship through the university. Further information, and to begin the on-line application process can be found at: Applications close at 11.59pm on 13 October 2013 (Eastern Australian Time). Projects would start in early 2014. For more information please contact Dr Scott Bryan: email

Favourite sedimentology movies?

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Hi everyone, sorry its been quiet here lately. I distracted myself from some marking today by wondering what my favourite sedimentology movie that I use for teaching would be. I came up with two, and thought I'd share them with you, along with a request for you to share your top online sedi movies here too. I'd love to see them! This is my favourite one, and never fails to entertain my students. I expect they're entertained equally by this movie and my enthusiasm for it. Make sure you've got the sound on (loud is good, if you're into dubstep!).

This one is great for teaching, make sure you check out the still photos of the deposits at the end.

OK, over to you!

Submarine Landslide Workshop – Wellington

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Researchers with an interest in submarine landslides are invited to a day of presentations and discussions on submarine landslide research in New Zealand and further afield. A delegation from Kiel University and GEOMAR in Germany will be visiting and we are taking the opportunity to bring the New Zealand submarine landslide research community together. Anyone with an interest in this topic is welcome to join us, and to give a short presentation of relevant research if they wish. There is no fee for the workshop. Please indicate your intention to attend, including a presentation title and brief abstract if relevant, to the email the convenors on the addresses shown by 1 November.   When: 19 November.      Where: GNS Science, Avalon. Wellington.   Convenors:         Christof Mueller (,     Joshu Mountjoy (  

NASA Rover Finds Old Streambed on Martian Surface – what do you think?

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NASA have reported tantalizing evidence of river activity on Mars.  Key to this idea is identification of what look to be poorly-sorted angular conglomerates. Could these have been deposited my moving fluids?  If so, for how long did they flow, how fast and how far did these sediments move?  What do you think?   The images are from NASAs Jet propulsion Lab

OMV New Zealand Ltd. Student scholarship

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The OMV Scholarship Program is aimed at enthusiastic New Zealand students who are undertaking a postgraduate research course that has the potential to make a significant contribution to OMV New Zealand's focus areas: Earth Sciences, Environmental Science and Engineering.
We have several scholarship places available for next year with awards up to $10,000 in value. Individual amounts awarded will be determined by the relevance of the student project to the business of OMV New Zealand and the calibre of the applicants. As well as the financial benefit to the student, OMV aims to assist the selected students through advice from our employees where applicable, and the opportunity for the student to present their work to the relevant OMV team upon completion. Successful candidates may also have the opportunity to work with OMV NZ as a summer intern.
Students are invited to apply by supplying a full project outline including timelines, budgets, deliverables and character references (please see the attached advert for the full list of requirements).
The deadline for these applications is 20th December 2012 with final decisions announced in early 2013.

PhD in Sedimentology at the University of Auckland

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Breaking the trend: why do New Zealand turbidity currents run so far?

Evolution of a colossal turbidite channel at a convergent plate margin

Supervisors: Lorna J. Strachan1, Helen Bostock2, Phil Barnes2, Brian Romans3, and Henry Pantin4 1Geology, School of Environment, University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand ( 2National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Private Bag 14901, Wellington, New Zealand. 3Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Geosciences, 4044 Derring Hall, Blacksburg, VA, USA. 4School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.     Continent-derived sand, mud, and gravel is transported to the deepest ocean basins by deep-sea river-like conduits – known as turbidite channels. The Hikurangi Channel east of New Zealand is an immense example; its length measuring some 1700 km is more than four times longer than any other located at an active continental margin. Since the discovery of turbidite channels as geomorphic features of the ocean floor, there has been rigorous debate as to what processes control their length, width, depth, and gradient.  Recent research1 shows that Earth’s longest deep-water channels correspond with mature, passive continental margins and voluminous mud-rich sediment supplies. Interestingly, these findings are inconsistent with preliminary observations of the Hikurangi Channel that today transports relatively small sediment loads of sand and gravel2 across a narrow, active continental margin. Today the Hikurangi Channel has its headwaters in the Kaikoura Canyon located off the South Island of New Zealand, where in shallow water sediment sporadically collapses into the deep abyss, spawning turbidity currents.  Hikurangi Channel turbidity currents have scoured a 500 m deep and 1-10 km wide channel that travels north and east, past the North Island of New Zealand, across the Hikurangi oceanic plateau, and ultimately plunging to water depths in excess of 5600m. Using integrated sediment core, seismic reflection, multibeam, and sidescan sonar data from NIWAs world-class repository, this project will focus on Hikurangi Channel evolution and address the following questions:
  • How old is the channel and what processes led to its formation?
  • What are the range, frequencyand size of flows within the channel?
  • How have variable sediment flux (associated with uplift of the Southern Alps and glacio-eustasy) and changing seafloor relief (linked to Hikurangi subduction) influenced the evolution of the channel?
  The project will involve a range of sedimentological, geomorphological and geophysical techniques used to decipher the short-term modern flow processes (e.g. sediment core analysis, granulometric and provenance analyses, geomorphological analysis, GIS manipulation) and long-term geologic controls of channel evolution (e.g. seismic stratigraphy, sediment dating, depositional element mapping).  The student will have access to analytical facilities at Auckland University, NIWA (Wellington) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.   The student will join the Process Sedimentology research Group at Auckland (Dr Strachan) and the Ocean Geology NIWA group based in Wellington.  They will thus join a larger team of researchers investigating a range of marine problems. The studentship will be based in Auckland but it is anticipated that up to 1 year will be spent at NIWA (Wellington), where the student may have the opportunity to participate on a research cruise using NIWAs deepwater research vessel the RV Tangaroa.   Training will be provided in state-of-the-art techniques including advanced process sedimentology, seismic stratigraphy, and seafloor geomorphological analyses.  This combination of advanced training will provide a broad portfolio of skills which could facilitate career development in the academic, environmental or industrial sectors.


We seek a motivated and able graduate committed to becoming an independent researcher.  The studentship is open toNew Zealand, Australian and international candidates.  We seek a graduate with a minimum upper second class BSc (Hons) degree (or equivalent) in Geological Sciences, Geology and Earth Sciences.  Due to the multidisciplinary nature of this project candidates must also demonstrate a strong background or interest in sedimentology, seafloor geomorphology, or seismic stratigraphy research.

General information

The “Beate Schuler Doctoral Scholarship in Marine Science” at the University of Auckland is available to support this project and consists of a 3-year stipend of NZ $25,000 per annum (tax free) and university fees.  Applications for the Scholarship must be made on the application form available from the Scholarships Office website: (  Please specify THIS project when applying. Further details are available from Dr Lorna Strachan, e-mail: Closing date: 1st November 2012


1. Covault, J.A., Shelef, E., Traer, M., Hubbard, S.M., Romans, B.W., and Fildani, A., 2012, Deep-water channel run-out length: insights from seafloor geomorphology: Journal of Sedimentary Research v. 82, p. 25-40. 2. Lewis, K.B., 1994, The 1500-km-long Hikurangi Channel: trench-axis channel that escapes its trench, crosses a plateau, and feeds a fan drift: Geo-Marine Letters, v. 14, p. 19-28.