Baffin Island

Thanks to the generosity of John (GEOL'78) and Susan Pohl ('80), Professor Marcus Key, Liz Plascencia (ERSC '16), Melanie Campbell (ERSC '15), Leslie Milliman (ERSC '14), and Aleks Perpalaj (ERSC '14) were able to participate in an 11 day trip to Baffin Island to experience the geologic wonders of the Canadian high Arctic.  In early August, we set up two base camps by boat from Pond Inlet on Baffin Island at 73 degrees North latitude.  The first was on Bylot Island where we did day hikes to Cretaceous sandstone outcrops and the Sirmilik glacier.  The second was on Curry Island where we sea kayaked in a fjord carved into Precambrian metamorphics with narwhals.  There were many first for us:  first 24 hour daylight, first fresh polar bear tracks, first narwhals, first time sea kayaking in a fjord, and the first time sea kayaking around an iceberg.