Analytical, Environmental and Geo- Chemistry

Arrival in Antarctica
Expedition in Antarctica

Arrival and unloading of scientific equipment at the Russian base Novolaszarevskaya, en route to Belgian research station Princess Elisabeth in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica

Skidoo Riding
Skido Training

Skidoo-riding training at Princess Elisabeth Base (Antarctica) for a joint Belgian-Japanese meteorite search expedition

Geological Excursion

Geological field trip with AMGC to study Cretaceous deep-sea sediments which are rich of carbonate in the Appennines (Italy)

Trace metal speciation in aquatic systems
North Sea Field Work

The development of Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films (DGT) passive samplers for toxic elements in aquatic environments, an important tool for environmental monitoring and assessment of pollutants

Popigai crater
Popigai crater

Impact melt and breccia from the 100 km in diameter Popigai crater in Northern Siberia formed when a ~ 5km chondritic asteroid impacted the earth at high velocity

AMGC Equipment
Back to the Lab

Back to the laboratory, samples are analysed with advanced instrumentation: isotope ratio & high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometers, micro X-ray fluorescence, etc…

From there to here, and how to preserve Planet Earth

The last 4.56 billion years of Earth evolution are marked by constant environmental changes. The research group AMGC documents the ancient geological and modern anthropogenic changes of the global Earth system using a series of tracers.  These biogeochemical tracers (elemental concentrations and isotopic ratios) are measured on a wide range of “archives” ranging from mineral phases in meteorites to ocean water to decipher variations in environmental parameters. These variations characterize the factors triggering or resulting from (paleo)environmental changes and document at different scales, the short and/or long-term effects of these modifications on the Global Earth System. 

Accretion 4.56 billion years ago until today. To preserve it we need to understand how it works