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Experience: A three month internship at the NEIF Argon Isotope Facility

November 07, 2022

Post contributed by Rhiannon Rees – final year PhD student at the University of Southampton I am a final year geology PhD student at the University of Southampton studying rift volcanism in East Africa, and I recently undertook a supported three-month placement with the National Environmental Isotope Facility (NEIF) Argon Isotopes research lab at SUERC. […]

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Skills Videos

October 10, 2022

Our skills videos are a collection of videos intended for anyone to upskill themselves and gain confidence in understanding of critical concepts, legislation and social issues that affect the community. We are currently developing our curriculum, but here is a link to our Miro board to give you an idea of the content you can […]

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Tracking nitrate and ammonium in the environment

October 07, 2022

At the stable isotope facility at the British Geological Survey we are developing a suite of laboratory  methodologies to analyse key nitrogen bearing species (nitrate and ammonium). These methods will allow much lower concentration samples to analysed, helping improve our understanding of nitrogen cycling within the environment. Background Nitrogen (N) alongside carbon (C) and phosphorus […]

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Harvey preparing carbonate samples to be reacted with phosphoric acid to produce CO2 for isotope analysis

My role as a BGS Stable Isotope Research Assistant

October 07, 2022

I recently began my role as a Stable Isotope Research Assistant at the NERC National Environmental Isotope Facility at the BGS headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham. Prior to working at the BGS, I studied for a PhD at Imperial College London. My thesis focussed on the zinc and cadmium stable isotope compositions of igneous rocks and […]

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Supergene mineral dating

April 13, 2022

The NEIF Argon Laboratory has been working for the past few years on developing dating of low temperature, supergene (and hypogene) minerals such as alunite, jarosite and cryptomelane. These minerals have significant potassium content making them amenable to 40Ar/39Ar dating. Jarosite : KFe3(SO4)2(OH)6    (11.37 wt.% K2O) Alunite : KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6    (9.40 wt.% K2O) Cryptomelane : K(Mn4+,Mn2+)8O16   […]

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My role as a BGS Geochemistry Technician

April 13, 2022

My name is Kotryna Savickaite and I have recently taken up the position of geochemistry technician at the Stable Isotope Facility at BGS in Keyworth. My main responsibilities involve analysing the geochemistry of carbonate samples, in particular the amount of organic material in them and their stable isotope geochemistry, which tells us about the environment […]

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Earliest human remains in eastern Africa dated to more than 230,000 years ago

March 31, 2022

The age of the oldest fossils in eastern Africa widely recognised as representing our species, Homo sapiens, has long been uncertain. Now, dating of a massive volcanic eruption in Ethiopia by the National Environmental Isotope Facility reveals they are much older than previously thought. The remains – known as Omo I – were found in […]

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It’s about time…

March 31, 2022

Welcome to the Geo-Biosciences Advanced E-Learning Academy. This is a new initiative developed by two NERC supported facilities, the National Environmental Isotope Facility (NEIF), and the British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility (BOSCORF). These facilities offer a wide range of analyses that support UK geoscience and bioscience, whilst NEIF primarily provide isotope analyses for geochronology, […]

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