Palaeobiology and phosphorites of the Ediacaran Biskopas Formation: optical microscopy and SEM-BSE-EDS data (NERC grant NE/I005951/1)

Dataset description

The dataset documents microfossils (acanthomorphic acritarchs) and sedimentary structures within phosphorite pebbles and interstitial carbonate cements from the Ediacaran Biskopas and Biri formations, Hedmark Group, Norway. Data includes extensive optical microscopy images (~30,000) of the microfossils and structures; SEM-BSE images, EDS elemental map and spot point data of phosphatized and carbonate-hosted microfossils; BSE maps and EDS elemental maps of the sedimentary structures within phosphorite pebbles; sedimentary descriptions and detailed grain size counts for phosphorites; detailed spread sheets recording microfossil size ranges, microfacies distributions, and abundances.


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Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
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Dataset details

Author(s) Professor Nicholas J Butterfield
Principal Investigator(s) Professor Nicholas J Butterfield
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Cambridge
Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
Supply media/format Not available
Storage format Not available
Frequency of update not applicable
Start of capture {ts '2012-10-01 00:00:00'} Not known
End of capture {ts '2017-08-01 00:00:00'} 1st August 2017
Contact details
Department Enquiries
Organisation British Geological Survey
Address Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City Nottingham
County Nottinghamshire
Country United Kingdom
Postcode NG12 5GG
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Topic category code (ISO) geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
Keyword source BGS Keyphrases
Spatial details
Spatial Reference System Latitude and Longitudes on undefined datum and spheroid []
Dataset extent
Coverage (Lat/Long) North boundary : 61
East boundary  : 10.75
South boundary : 60.9
West boundary  : 10.55
Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 11th July 2018
Metadata standard compliance NERC profile of ISO19115:2003
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