Last week I worked with volunteers Saneeca Jain and Bradley Silver from Bosworth Academy, Leicestershire. The volunteers came here on school work experience placement, and have been doing a range of geological activities. For the past three days they have been helping me with the essential but time consuming work of cataloguing samples.
They have photographed over 150 samples, to provide a complete record of sample colour, sedimentary structures and fossils. This will be integrated into other datasets such as the palynology and micropalaeontology studies, and used to compare with the borehole rocks. Saneeca and Bradley sieved samples ready for micropalaeontology picking next week, and polished rock samples that had particularly interesting features. Then they scanned the rock surface so we have a digital record. Invaluable work for the TW:eed project and an introduction to geology for two potential future scientists!
Left: Saneeca holding a rock specimen, in front of the sample store. Right: Polished and scanned rock surface of a nodule containing abundant plant material.
Thank you for all your hard work!
Until next time