Mining for a sustainable future: tracing pathways of vital rare earth minerals during the last glaciation

Remy Veness

Ice sheets have and continue to be the largest landscape shaping forces of our planet’s history. Over the last 2 million years they have advanced and retreated. At times they have covered much of the Northern Hemisphere.

My work uses the sediments moved by the British ice sheet to improve understanding of glacial behaviour. I am also looking to develop a new numerical modelling method through which the location of glacially deposited sands can be used to 1) Improve forecasting of future deglaciation and sea level contributions from Antarctica and Greenland. 2) Improve reconstructions of past glacial activity. 3) Develop a prospecting methodology through which rare earth elements such as lithium could be found to aid in a transition to renewable energy.



Dr Jeremy Ely

Department of Geography