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Boulby Underground Laboratory

Welcome to Boulby Underground Laboratory, the UK's deep underground science facility, located 1100m below ground in Boulby Mine - a working potash, polyhalite and salt mine on the North East coast of England.

Boulby is one of just a handful of facilities world-wide suitable for hosting ultra-low background and deep underground science projects. It is a special place for science, 'a quiet place in the Universe' where studies can be carried out almost entirely free of interference from natural background radiation. It also provides access and support for studies of the geologically interesting deep underground environment.

Science projects underway at Boulby range from astrophysics (including the search for Dark Matter in the Universe), to ultra-low background material screening, studies of geology/geophysics, climate, the environment, life in extreme environments on Earth and beyond.

For more information:

Boulby Underground Laboratory website

Science and Technology Facilities Council
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