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Field Experiences & Research

2019 Iceland

Summer 2019 also started with a trip to Iceland, and included Prof. Edwards and Ethan Collins ’20, Hiba Aoid ’20, Marisa Schaefer ’20, and Phoebe Galione ’21. We missed Prof. Strock(!), but were happy to collaborate with a crew from the College of Wooster again courtesy of Prof. Meagen Pollock (who is a Dickinson visiting alumnus), who brought 3 students and another Wooster geology professor with her. This trip had more of a volcanology-climate focus, although we also did a set of water chemistry experiments near Gigjökull. We used small UAVs to produce detailed models of the tindar ridge discovered in 2017 (and worked on in 2018 by Billy Irving) using Structure-from-Motion and UAV images. All students got the opportunity to pilot the UAV, as well as learning field techniques for studying glaciovolcanic deposits. We continued long-term research aimed at understanding the volcanic anatomy of a volcanic ridge formed beneath late Pleistocene ice on the Reykjanes Peninsula just outside of Reykjavik, and rephotographed Gigjökull and Steinholtsjökull glaciers.