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Petrology (formerly BEEST)

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The Petrology research group (formerly BEEST) uses a combination of high-pressure and high-temperature experiments, petrology, geochemistry, and mineral physics to attack a wide range of problems in the solid earth from the core to the surface.

High-pressure and high-temperature research at the University of Bristol dates from 1989 with the establishment of the Centre for Experimental and Theoretical Study for the Earth's Interior (CETSEI) by Bernard Wood and Michael Carroll.

From modest beginnings with two piston cylinder apparatus, a vertical quench furnace and three cold seal pressure vessels in a lean-to, the group has grown into the largest experimental petrology group in the UK.

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Earth Sciences
Wills Memorial Building
Queens Road
United Kingdom