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Geological award at Kensington Palace

1 March 2022

HRH the Duke of Cambridge in lively discussion with Dan Bosence and three divers from IPSAC on the origin of geological structures of the Jurassic Coast

A geological project has been awarded the Duke of Cambridge SCUBA Prize for the best science-based diving project, receiving a grant from the British Sub Aqua Club Jubilee Trust (BSAC Jubilee Trust).

Professor Dan Bosence and colleagues from Royal Holloway, University of London and Imperial College London, teamed up with the Isle of Purbeck Sub Aqua Club (IPSAC) to obtain geological samples from the enigmatic circular structures exposed on the seafloor of Weymouth Bay, Dorset, as part of the Bumps in the Bay project. These recently discovered ‘bumps’ are truncated dome-shaped structures, 50 to 200 m across, developed in Jurassic strata offshore from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast. An earlier assessment of these large circular structures in the Purbeck Limestone Group was published in the Journal of the Geological Society (Bosence et al. 2018, J Geol Soc London 175, 742-756; doi.org/10.1144/jgs2017-155).

The award ceremony was held in November 2021 at Kensington Palace and hosted by HRH the Duke of Cambridge, as President of the British SubAqua Club.

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