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Explanation: I am thinking of the noun "refuse" (stress on the first syllable), which has nothing to do with the verb to refuse or with refusal, but means garbage, rubbish, junk, which could be covering the sea bed. This is a mistake which is not likely to be made by a native English speaker, but maybe the writer of this is not one.
I think it should read:
These cores were collected at locations where ***refuse was encountered on the gravel***.
("Met" means much the same as "encountered", but the latter is what one would use in English here, if my theory is right).
Jack Doughty United Kingdom Local time: 08:21 Works in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 16