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Sedimentary Laboratory

X-radiograph of a turbidite of a foraminiferal sand displaying the classic Bouma-sequence: B (laminated), C (climbing ripple) and D (laminated) divisions. 135mm thickness of a core collected in the North Atlantic at a water depth of 4545m. (Described in McCave, 1995, Phil. Trans Roy. Soc. Lond. B 348)
The Sedimentary Laboratory contains a wide range of equipment including both a Sedigraph particle size analyser, an Elzone particle counter, CHN elemental analyser, an image analyser, sieves, and photomicroscopes. For working on cores we have a freeze drier, magnetic susceptibility meter, and a Faxitron X-radiography set.

There is also a clay mineral preparation laboratory and chemical facilities which are used for acid insoluble digestions, carbonate staining and impregnating porous samples with epoxy under vacuum.

We also have specially made equipment for sea-going work including boundary layer velocity and sediment profiling equipment, settling velocity bottles and Kasten corers.

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Saturday 22 September 2018: A one-day conference bringing together international scientists to mark 200 years since Adam Sedgwick was appointed to the Woodwardian Chair of Geology.

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