Investigation Of Bulk And Clay Minerals In Arctic Marine Sediments  - a Barents Sea Case Study


- The NGU stored more than 500 piston cores collected in the Barents Sea (0 to more than 6 m length) in its core repository near Trondheim, Norway. The aim of this collection is the determination of the environmental status quo in advance of natural resources exploration activities for the Norwegian authorities and public.
- Initial sampling and description of cores will be performed by staff of the NGU. Selection of discrete samples and pre-preparation fur further investigation will also be performed by NGU staff and NGU project leader, principal investigator (PI) Dr. Jochen Knies.
- Selected samples will be sent to ZeKAM, PI Dr. Christoph Vogt.
- Dr. Vogt will analyse the mineral assemblage of samples by means of X-Ray diffraction work. Analysis machines and measurement analysis software are provided by ZeKAM and the Crystallography group, FB05 Geowissenschaften of the University of Bremen.
- ZeKAM results of XRD work and other analytical results of NGU (anorganic and organic geochemistry, micropaleontology) will be compiled by both partners into yearly reports which will be made available in a non-profit manner to the Norwegian public.


International Partnerprojects: Knies et al., Norwegian Geological Survey/ University Troms°: The Arctic Chronology Project:

                                                     Larsen, NGU/Uni Bergen/Uni Troms°/Explorationsindustrie: Glacipet - Subsidence, uplift and tilting of traps- the influence on petroleum systems
                                                    Forwick Matthias, Sediments of Svalbard Fjords, see his webpage:  


Pre-Project Publications: