Lectures are open to all and there is no charge for admission. However regular in person attendees are expected to be members of the society.

7:45pm for 8:00pm

In Person: Sorby Room, Wager Building, (formerly Geoscience),
The University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading.
Use Car Park 8 (OS: SU 7336 7159, W3W: ///herbs.clap.type, Lat,Long: 51.4385775,-0.9459335)
Via Zoom: Members are sent the joining link by email.
Non-members wishing to join a zoom lecture can request this using the registration link when shown. Requests should always be made before 6pm on the previous day.
This lecture will be both in the Sorby room and via Zoom.


Monday 3 June 2024

Melting Under Mountains

the soft centre of the Himalayas
Dr Tom Argles, The Open University
Non Members Registration

The Himalaya are commonly cited as the prime example of a collisional mountain belt – but every mountain-building event is different. Individual tectonic configurations, the particular mix of materials caught up as continents collide, the state of the Earth’s mantle, even the climate, all conspire to create a unique geological melting-pot in each mountain belt. These dynamic systems affect crustal seismicity, climate and ocean chemistry in their turn, as well as profoundly influencing the human populations living in their shadow. This talk will showcase some of the OU group’s research in India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Tibet, focusing on the processes that have driven rocks deep under the Himalaya to the point of melting.

Dr Tom Argles is a Senior Lecturer at the Open University. He has worked on various mountain belts in the last three decades, but primarily the Himalaya. His interests include characterizing the materials that make up mountain belts, exploring their growth and decline and investigating the timescales of change in mountain roots. Latterly, he has focused on the partial melting that occurs beneath mountains, in particular the potential of these melts to concentrate critical metals such as lithium, caesium and tantalum. He has recently handed over the role of Director of Teaching in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Open University, allowing him more time for his roles as project lead of the Virtual Microscope and coordinator of GeoWeek.

Programme 2024

The programme for 2024 as currently proposed is also available as a pdf document.

Other programmes

Previous years programmes and other programme information can be found on the About us page.