Postdoctoral researcher Filip Tomek was awarded a grant supporting the development of international cooperation of early-career scientists by the Czech Academy of Sciences. The project includes a six-month fellowship at New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico. Main focus of this project involves research of magma flow and emplacement beneath volcanoes on the example of the Platoro caldera (Colorado) and Cerrillos Hills radial dike complex (New Mexico). For the photos click here and here.
A paper significantly contributed by Karel Žák, Roman Skála, Lukáš Ackerman, Jana Ďurišová and Šárka Jonášová of the Institute of Geology CAS was published in the prestigious journal of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta recently. It extends information on the origin of moldavites. For more details click here.
One of the fossil specimens presented to the students of paleontology at Charles University (Prague) for almost a century was Medusites – a putative fossil of a jellyfish (medusa). It came from the Cambrian (lowermost Palaeozoic) siltstones exposed at Skryje (central Bohemia, Czech Republic). The students were, however, given incorrect information. A recent study of the original specimen and a few remaining specimens from the vicinity of Skryje testify the affiliation to the pineapple-shaped ichnogenus (i.e. trace fossil) Astropolichnus Crimes and Anderson, 1985. A new ichnospecies Astropolichnus bohemicus is established based on the material from the Skryje area. This material is the first occurrence of Astropolichnus in the middle Cambrian.
Reference: Radek Mikuláš & Oldřich Fatka (2017): Ichnogenus Astropolichnus in the Middle Cambrian of the Barrandian area, Czech Republic. Ichnos (USA), DOI: 10.1080/10420940.2017.1292908
The Academia Publishing House presents individual research programmes within the publication edition of “Strategie AV21”. One of the programmes is the “Life Diversity and Ecosystem Health” contributed by the Institute of Geology CAS. The activities of this programme are coordinated by the Biology Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences. One of the most recent outputs of this programme was the brochure titled “25 years of research in the Lesní potok model catchment” (in Czech). The brochure is authored by Tomáš Navrátil, Jan Rohovec and Petr Skřivan.
Workshop “Potential of lithium mining in the Czech Republic and its use in advanced technologies” was held on October 17, 2016, within the cooperation between the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. The scientific programme of the workshop was organized by Karel Breiter of the Institute of Geology CAS. Five talks given by foremost specialist of the Academy of Sciences, universities, Czech Geological Survey and mining companies covered topics ranging from geological exploration, through mining and processing of lithium in the Czech Republic, to potential use of lithium in energy storage.
Do you need to support mineral prospection by automated mineralogy and artificial intelligence? Do you need to build a platinum concentrator? Do you need to find a particular dust particle in a million? Do you need to assess the risk of environmental pollution? Or to mix up a bucket of Moon dust? In all these tasks, automated scanning electron microscopy proves useful by integrating millions of individual measurements.
Photographs taken by the staff of the Institute of Geology were successful again in the third run of the Photogenic Science contest. In the “Photogenic Science” category, the professional jury and the Academic Board awarded the 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions to photos “Dead mire” and “A world in a drop of water” by Jiří Sláma. In the “Scientists on photographs” category, the 2nd position was awarded by the professional jury to Michal Filippi for a photo named “On the bottom”. In addition, the following photos were selected for the semi-finals: “Dancers” and “Races in the rain” by Pavel Lisý, “Talking rocks” and “Burning fire” by Jiří Sláma and “Painting” by Michal Filippi. The honoured photographs will be included in the Calendar of the Academy of Sciences. Some other photos from the semi-final selection are being used in promotion materials of the Academy of Sciences. For the photos and additional information, click here.