New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Department of Earth & Environmental Science
Socorro, New Mexico
Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Mount Erebus
Mount Erebus is the most active volcano in Antarctica. It is unique in containing a persistent convecting lava lake of anorthoclase phonolite magma. Degassing of the lake and underlying magmatic system emits volcanic gases into the pristine Antarctic atmosphere. Because of the excellent access and the nature of the small Strombolian eruptions, Mount Erebus has become a model volcano for volcanological studies. This project continues long-term surveillance using geophysical, geodetic, and geochemical observatories, and measures the seismicity, infrasound, gas emissions, and deformation using GPS observations of the volcano.
Field Season Overview:
In mid November researchers will service, by helicopter, an array of five seismometers installed around the flanks of Erebus and on Mount Bird. A large team will occupy the Lower Erebus Hut (LEH) for four weeks and use it as a base of operation for work on Erebus and surrounds. A tent camp to accommodate acclimatization will be established at Fang Glacier. Skidoos will be used for travel in the summit area of Erebus.
Deploying Team Members:
Phillip Kyle (PI)
Clive Oppenheimer (Co-PI)