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Construction & Engineering

You may not realise it but geological materials underpin everything we need to sustain our life as we know it. From the fuels we use to run our cars, to the numerous minerals that are in your mobile phone, to the minerals and water in the food and drink we rely on. These geological materials are split into rocks, minerals and fluids or gas contained in rocks. Another key use of these geological materials is in construction. Links below will allow you to explore the following themes:

Construction materials 
Mining and Quarrying in Ireland
Geology and Construction
10 Things to Know About ... Metals

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Kathriona Devereux and Jonathan McCrea investigate with Siobhán Power and Eoin McGrath the geology of metals, finding out about the technology and techniques used to locate and safely extract them from the ground to be used in everything from toothpaste to phones. First aired in November 2019, the episode was repeated on Monday 4 May 2020. If you've missed, you can dowload the videos here. General Assembly 2021- vEGU: Gather Onlineonline 2021-04-19T08:00:00.0000000Z2021-04-30T16:00:00.0000000Z"The energy transition: drivers, risks and the role of earth scientists and engineers" by Simon ToddOnline2021-05-05T12:00:00.0000000Z2021-05-05T13:00:00.0000000Z

Further information can be found in the Minerals and the Marine programmes Targeted research project - Pyrite/mica in construction materials22/02/2021 00:00:00 O’Brien launches a call for research in defective concrete blocks and pyritic hardcore22/02/2021 00:00:00 in Southeast Ireland15/03/2021 00:00:00 Energy for District Heating in Ireland18/11/2020 00:00:00