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The nature and age of basement host rocks and fissure fills in the Lancaster field fractured reservoir, West of Shetland (2019)
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Holdsworth, R., Trice, R., Hardman, K., McCaffrey, K., Morton, A., Frei, D., …Rogers, S. (in press). The nature and age of basement host rocks and fissure fills in the Lancaster field fractured reservoir, West of Shetland. Journal of the Geological Society, jgs2019-142. https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2019-142

Hosting up to 3.3 billion barrels of oil in place, the upfaulted Precambrian 16 crystalline rocks of the Lancaster Field, offshore west of Shetland, give key insights into how 17 fractured hydrocarbon reservoirs can form in such old rocks. The Neoarc... Read More about The nature and age of basement host rocks and fissure fills in the Lancaster field fractured reservoir, West of Shetland.

A constant Chinese Loess Plateau dust source since the late Miocene (2019)
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Bird, A., Millar, I., Rodenburg, T., Stevens, T., Rittner, M., Vermeesch, P., & Lu, H. (2020). A constant Chinese Loess Plateau dust source since the late Miocene. Quaternary science reviews, 227, 106042. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.106042

© 2019 The Authors The Pliocene-Pleistocene boundary marks a major change in global climate and East Asian monsoon dynamic. However, the role of the global atmospheric dust-cycle over this time is unclear; in particular the degree to which changes in... Read More about A constant Chinese Loess Plateau dust source since the late Miocene.

First evidence of Renlandian (c. 950-940 Ma) orogeny in Mainland Scotland: implications for the status of the Moine Supergroup and circum-North Atlantic correlations (2018)
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Bird, A., Cutts, K., Strachan, R., Thirlwall, M. F., & Hand, M. (2018). First evidence of Renlandian (c. 950-940 Ma) orogeny in Mainland Scotland: implications for the status of the Moine Supergroup and circum-North Atlantic correlations. Precambrian research, 305, 283-294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2017.12.019

Central problems in the interpretation of the Neoproterozoic geology of the North Atlantic region arise from uncertainties in the ages of, and tectonic drivers for, Tonian orogenic events recorded in eastern Laurentia and northern Baltica. The identi... Read More about First evidence of Renlandian (c. 950-940 Ma) orogeny in Mainland Scotland: implications for the status of the Moine Supergroup and circum-North Atlantic correlations.

Insights into the provenance of the Chinese Loess Plateau from joint zircon U-Pb and garnet geochemical analysis of last glacial loess (2017)
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Fenn, K., Stevens, T., Bird, A., Limonta, M., Rittner, M., Vermeesch, P., …Lin, Z. (2018). Insights into the provenance of the Chinese Loess Plateau from joint zircon U-Pb and garnet geochemical analysis of last glacial loess. Quaternary Research, 89(3), 645-659. https://doi.org/10.1017/qua.2017.86

The Chinese Loess Plateau, the world’s largest and oldest loess record, preserves evidence of Asia’s long-term dust source dynamics, but there is uncertainty over the source of the deposits. Recent single-grain detrital zircon U-Pb age analysis has p... Read More about Insights into the provenance of the Chinese Loess Plateau from joint zircon U-Pb and garnet geochemical analysis of last glacial loess.

Quantitative estimation of the contribution of dust sources to Chinese loess using detrital zircon U-Pb age patterns (2016)
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Zhang, H., Lu, H., Xu, X., Liu, X., Yang, T., Stevens, T., …Feng, H. (2016). Quantitative estimation of the contribution of dust sources to Chinese loess using detrital zircon U-Pb age patterns. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 121(11), 2085-2099. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016jf003936

©2016. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. The origin and provenance of the loess deposits of the Chinese Loess Plateau (CLP) are still debated. In order to pinpoint the dust sources, surface samples from the piedmont of the Northeastern... Read More about Quantitative estimation of the contribution of dust sources to Chinese loess using detrital zircon U-Pb age patterns.

The provenance of Taklamakan desert sand (2016)
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Rittner, M., Vermeesch, P., Carter, A., Bird, A., Stevens, T., Garzanti, E., …Lu, H. (2016). The provenance of Taklamakan desert sand. Earth and planetary science letters, 437, 127-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2015.12.036

Sand migration in the vast Taklamakan desert within the Tarim Basin (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region, PR China) is governed by two competing transport agents: wind and water, which work in diametrically opposed directions. Net aeolian transport is... Read More about The provenance of Taklamakan desert sand.

Evidence from Rb–Sr mineral ages for multiple orogenic events in the Caledonides of Shetland, Scotland (2015)
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Walker, S., Thirlwall, M. F., Strachan, R. A., & Bird, A. F. (2016). Evidence from Rb–Sr mineral ages for multiple orogenic events in the Caledonides of Shetland, Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society, 173(3), 489-503. https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2015-034

Shetland occupies a unique central location within the North Atlantic Caledonides. Thirty-three new high-precision Rb–Sr mineral ages indicate a polyorogenic history. Ages of 723–702 Ma obtained from the vicinity of the Wester Keolka Shear Zone indic... Read More about Evidence from Rb–Sr mineral ages for multiple orogenic events in the Caledonides of Shetland, Scotland.

Loess plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan plateau-derived Yellow River sediment (2015)
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Nie, J., Stevens, T., Rittner, M., Stockli, D., Garzanti, E., Limonta, M., …Pan, B. (2015). Loess plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan plateau-derived Yellow River sediment. Nature communications, 6(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms9511

Marine accumulations of terrigenous sediment are widely assumed to accurately record climatic- and tectonic-controlled mountain denudation and play an important role in understanding late Cenozoic mountain uplift and global cooling. Underpinning this... Read More about Loess plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan plateau-derived Yellow River sediment.

Quaternary dust source variation across the Chinese Loess Plateau (2015)
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Bird, A., Stevens, T., Rittner, M., Vermeesch, P., Carter, A., Andò, S., …Xu, Z. (2015). Quaternary dust source variation across the Chinese Loess Plateau. Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology, 435, 254-264 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.06.024

The Chinese Loess Plateau in north central China contains one of the most valuable Cenozoic climate archives on land. Establishing the origin of this substantial archive of aeolian sediments is critical for the interpretation of loess climate proxies... Read More about Quaternary dust source variation across the Chinese Loess Plateau.

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