[Coral-List] Coring method

Mark Windell Vergara vergaramark at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 3 20:58:31 EST 2005

When I was still with the KFUPM-Research Institute in Saudi Arabia we did some coral coring for the UNCC Coral Reef Surveys Project in the Arabian Gulf.  The contact persons for the reef monitoring with the AIMS people for that project were Dr. Kathy Burns (they did the coral growth and contamination analysis) and Dr. Hugh Sweatman (team leader).  I have a copy of their protocol but I'm not sure if it is already posted as one of their protocols for free downloading from their website, it was an internal document back then. So better check first, I might get in trouble for distributing it. Also, since we are not allowed to post email addresses without the persons knowledge, so please contact the persons mentioned above or visit their website (www.aims.gov.au). 
The protocol that we used was :

Heyward, A., A. Negri, et al. (2003). "Coring Corals using Handheld Drill Coring Device." .


Michel Claereboudt <michelc at squ.edu.om> wrote:
Can someone guide me to information for drilling cores in corals
i.e. types of drill (manufacturer?), type of bits, length of bits, 
method, tips and tricks...

The purpose of these cores is to assess changes if any of growth rates 
in the last 50-100 years in the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. They 
will be sliced and Xrayed. There is a lot of litterature on the second 
part of the method (xray, densitometry, fluorescence etc...) but 
nothing (so far) on the actual drilling process.


Dr Michel Claereboudt
Dpt. Marine Science and Fisheries
College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences
Sultan Qaboos University, Box 34
Al-Khod 123
Sultanate of Oman

Tel: (968) 24415 249, Fax: (968) 24413 418
email: michelc at squ.edu.om

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The Marine science Institute
University of the Philippines
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