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29 January 2018
  This month, Dr. Anna Lichtschlag has been using the BOSCORF ITRAX to assess the geochemistry of sediments potentially containing valuable marine resources: Polymetallic nodules are small concretions found worldwide on the seafloor in water depth of up to 6000 m. The nodules contain economically significant amounts of metals such as Ni, Cu, Zn, Co and Mo and for this reason they are a target for future mining operations. During mining of the nodules the seafloor sediments...
11 January 2018
The University of Southampton led Black Sea MAP (Maritime Archaeological Project http://blackseamap.com/ in partnership with the Bulgarian National Archaeological Institute with Museum (http://naim.bg/en/home/) and Centre for Underwater Archaeology (CUA; http://www.cua-sozopol.com/en/), is one of the largest and most ambitious projects of its type ever undertaken. The project’s international team, funded by the Expedition and Education Foundation (EEF), a charitable foundation...
27 November 2017
BOSCORF has recently completed a large ITRAX scanning project with Matt Nichols, currently a second year PhD at Southampton. Here Matt details how he will be using the Ca/Ti ratio to refine the age model for his core, and the importance of XRF data in this study.   Mediterranean outflow water (MOW) leaking into the Atlantic Ocean has been shown to significantly affect Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), one of the main long-term drivers of heat distribution...
22 November 2017
This month, PhD Student Rachel Devine details her work using the ITRAX to count Swedish Varves, and constraining the drainiage of the Baltic Ice Lake.   Picture: Varves from the Baltic Ice Lake in Östergötland – Image Credit Rachel Devine During the last deglaciation, outbursts of cold water into the North Atlantic have been proposed to alter climate by modifying the salinity of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, causing significant cooling events...
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