June 18, 2014

BOSCORF has received 800 m of sediment cores from the Uruguay continental slope donated by ANCAP and BG Group.  The UK currently hold no cores from the Uruguay slope and the donation represents a >£6M in-kind investment in terms of ship time that NERC will not need to fund.  The cores will be available for collaborative, curiosity-driven research both with BG Group and through independent projects.

The Uruguay slope is an important, albeit relatively poorly known, sedimentological... Read More

June 11, 2014

Simon Lewis (Queen Mary University of London) and Peter Hoare (Norwich Castle Museum) used the BOSCORF core splitting and imaging equipment to process cores from Happisburgh, Norfolk, the site of the earliest evidence of human presence in Britain.  The project, which also involves researchers from Southampton University, is mapping the archaeological deposits at Happisburgh and integrating geological information from sections and boreholes with onshore and offshore geophysical data.

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June 6, 2014

Sam Griffith (a PhD student at the University of Southampton) has been using the BOSCORF SEM as part of a taphonomy project.  The aim of the study is to better define the effects that mobile fluvial and marine sediments have on the development of micro-abrasion patterns on bone. Bone samples are imaged pre and post abrasion at two different magnifications.  It is hoped that quantifying changes in bone’s surface structure will provide a useful tool for determining the transport histories and... Read More