2016-2017 Science Planning Summaries
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2016-2017 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Antarctic Peninsula exhumation and landscape development investigated by low-temperature detrital thermochronometry

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Program Manager:
Dr. Thomas Wilch

ASC POC/Implementer:
Matthew Erickson / Adam Jenkins

Principal Investigator

Dr. David Lawrence Shuster

Berkeley, California


Supporting Stations: ARSV Laurence M. Gould
Research Locations: Andvord, Bigo, Darbel, and Square Bays / Murphy Glacier


Researchers will collect marine sediment samples and conduct geochemical measurements on these samples to learn about the geological history of ice-covered areas of the Antarctic Peninsula. Over the course of the project, the research team will sample about 10 sites near glacier margins in fjords on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Field Season Overview

Two participants will sail from Punta Arenas, Chile on the ARSV Laurence M. Gould to sampling sites along the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula. They will collect marine sediment samples from several fjord systems using a Box Corer and a Smith-Mcintyre grab. Their goal is to collect at least 10 kg of sediment from each site. Samples will be processed on board the vessel and then packed in five-gallon buckets for return to the home institution.

Deploying Team Members

  • Anna Clinger