Saturday, 26 June 2010

Stop the Movement of Invaluable North Sea Cores

I've not seen much on this news, yet it is very important especially to geologists. BGS plan on moving thousands of core samples, valued at around £5billion, from Edinburgh to Nottingham. The collection has been gathered over the last 40 years and contains 175,000 boxes of core rock up to 400 million years old. The move is completely unnecessary and risks ruining fragile samples, reducing them to useless sand.

The cores have many uses, being most commonly used by the oil industry in deciding where to drill. They also help scientists work out how to store carbon dioxide. Students in petroleum exploration need access to the cores, with the best courses being offered in Edinburgh.

For a recent article on this see here. If you can, join the Facebook petition group.

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