My project was to assist in exploring the nature of gypsum crystals found in deep-sea sediments from monsoon region.
My aims were to:
- Investigate ocean sediments;
- Identify crystals (quartz or something else?) and other marine, terrestrial and minerals formed during the sediment deposition, using a binocular microscope;
- Determine the relative abundance of crystals with respect to other known fragments, such as pyrite and biogenic components;
- Evaluate environmental changes related to physical weathering or any other processes operating during the sediment deposition.
This was all to help answer two related questions: 1) how were these crystals formed; and 2) what conditions were needed?