2015: Year of Mud

2015: Year of Mud

As part of their new Science Strategy of themed years, Council has decided to make 2015 a ‘Year of Mud’ at the Geological Society!

There is a resurgence of interest in the science of mud-rocks, driven by a wide range of factors including:

  • Shale gas, and the need to improve our understanding of pore behaviour and permeability
  • The challenges of tunnelling in clay in major projects such as Crossrail
  • The search for suitable geological host rocks for the disposal of radioactive waste
  • Slope stability, urbanisation and development of megacities
  • Diminishing soil quality
  • Increasing flood risk as mud is washed into city storm water drains
  • Advances in nanogeoscience and biogeology

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