University of Wyoming
Department of Geology and Geophysics
Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Capes Bird and Crozier / Mounts Bird and Terror
This project will conduct a detailed field- and laboratory-based geochemical study focused on understanding the genesis, evolution and tectonic context of alkaline magmatism on Ross Island. The fieldwork focuses on the collection of volcanic rocks from numerous locations on Ross Island, with emphasis on the Lewis Bay area, Mount Terror, Mount Bird and Hut Point Peninsula.
Field Season Overview:
Participants will be based at McMurdo Station to undertake sampling of volcanic rocks around the coast of Ross Island especially in Lewis Bay. They will use helicopter support to collect samples on the sea ice close to the shore and near cliff sections. They will use snow machines and tracked vehicles to collect samples along Hut Pont Peninsula. In the November timeframe, the group will occupy the New Zealand Antarctic Program’s hut at Cape Bird and later the Fang Glacier camp. Helicopter close support will enable them to sample Mount Bird’s summit and along the coast in addition to the small volcanic cones between Cape Crozier and Mounts Terror and Terra Nova.
Deploying Team Members:
Philip Kyle (Co-PI)
Kenneth Sims (PI)