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What can be analysed?

Cambridge University’s laser ablation system was primary designed for biogenic carbonates. We routinely measure trace metals in foraminifera, molluscs, speleothem and corals.

However, other geological samples can be potentially analysed and we are interested in new and exciting applications using our laser system.

  • Trace and major elements in silicate and oxide minerals and glasses
  • Mapping of element distribution in minerals
  • U-Pb-Th dating
  • Mg, Sr stable isotopes in carbonates
  • Fluid and melt inclusions
  • Non-geological applications

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International team head to Papua New Guinea to measure volcanic carbon degassing

Sep 01, 2016

An international team of scientists is traveling to the islands of Papua New Guinea this September to study degassing from active volcanoes in remote jungles there. Some of these volcanoes are among the most active on Earth, ejecting a significant proportion of global volcanic gases into the atmosphere.

Mistaken Point - Canada's 10th geological World Heritage Site

Aug 02, 2016

The ancient rugged coastline of Mistaken Point on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula face the winds and waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It can be a difficult place to work, but nevertheless it has been a mecca for geologists for over several decades now.

An underestimated Kevan

Jul 21, 2016

Douglas Palmer on the Sedgwick Museum’s giant Pliosaurus cf. kevani in the latest edition of Geoscientist

Oesia – a new tube worm from deep Cambrian times

Jul 21, 2016

Collections up close, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

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