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Marine surface sediment particle size data from the UK continental shelf and adjacent deep water areas (1966-)

Data holding centreBritish Geological Survey, Edinburgh
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1966 onwards
Geographical area

UK continental shelf and adjacent slopes


Carbon concentrations in sediment; Sediment grain size parameters


Sediment grabs; unconsolidated sediment corers; sediment settling tubes; balances and scales; in-situ particle sizers


The data set consists of 1) The results of particle size analysis performed on approximetaly 29,000 sea-bed sediment samples collected by BGS, mostly using sediment grabs, but also sediment corers on occasions. The dried samples are split into gravel, sand and mud fractions using seives and the weights recorded. The carbonate content of each fraction is then measured. The grain size of the sand fractions from a subset of the samples has been analysed in more detail at either whole or half phi intervals. For some locations more detailed measurements were made for both the gravel and sand fractions also. 2) The measurements made on approximately 8000 downhole sub-samples from shallow cores and boreholes. Most test results are available digitally, although there is still a significant amount of legacy results stored on paper.

OriginatorsBritish Geological Survey, Edinburgh

Pantin, HM. (1990) The sea-bed sediments around the United Kingdom BGS Research Report SB/90/01, British Geological Survey

OrganisationBritish Geological Survey, Edinburgh
AvailabilityDistribution cost charge; unrestricted
ContactBGS Enquiries

British Geological Survey, Edinburgh
The Lyell Centre
EH14 4AP
United Kingdom
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1047003
Global identifier634
Last revised2010-12-18