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Geoscience on parade

Find out what happened when more than 11,000 earth scientists gathered in Nice

By Oliver Morton   January 2004

On the evening of Sunday 6th April the baggage reclaim at Nice airport is full of people with tubes a metre or so long slung over their shoulders. They bring their tubes in from the gates alone or with a friend; soon they recognise others of their ilk and congregate collegially before the arrival of checked-in bags spurs them to break off in taxi-sized cliques and head off into the night.

The tube-bearers are coming to what is probably the largest meeting of Earth scientists ever to take place in Europe – a joint meeting of the European Union of…

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