Gripped in the jaws of the Minch

Seven days into the Cruise, and the mud, geophysics and problem solving sessions are coming thick and fast….. Richard Chiverrell

Britice-Chrono NERC Consortium

By Richard Chiverrell and Tom Bradwell (photography by Alex Ingle)
1292 km, 51 cores, 177m of sediment, not a bad haul 1292 km, 51 cores, 177m of sediment, not a bad haul
We, the science crew of RRS James Cook Cruise JC123, sailed from Southampton Friday 3rd July bound for the last three transects of the NERC funded Consortium Britice-Chrono, our aim is to work out the timing of the last deglaciation of Britain and Ireland. After a quick stop outside the Solent to test the BGS vibrocore we made hast (10 knots) northwards through the North Sea running geophysical surveys for the North Sea sector (Transect 2) as we went, and in the early hours of Monday 6th July we rounded the northern tip of Scotland on schedule for our speedy (19 knots) tide-assisted passage through Pentland Firth between Orkney and the Scottish Mainland onwards to Transect 8 and the delights of the Minch palaeo-Ice Stream extending north from Skye…

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