Philip R. Kyle, Professor of Geochemistry
It is December and here I am again sitting in a small hut at 3400 meters near the summit of the southernmost active volcano Mt Erebus in Antarctica. I am surrounded by trusted colleagues, friends and interested guests. We are engulfed in swirling snow and the temperatures are around -30°C.
Erebus continues to dominate my research interests and this year is my 32nd field season in Antarctica and 31st on Erebus. Technology is playing more and more of a role in our research efforts. NSF funded a major research instrumentation grant to me and Rick Aster to design, build and install scientific surveillance instruments around the summit of Erebus. By the end of this field season (weather permitting) we will have 6 broadband seismometers with dual frequency GPS units and a variety of other instruments (tiltmeters, microphones, SO2, HCl, CO2 gas sensors, IR radiometers for measuring the temperature of the magma in the persistent lava lake, weather and
|Created: ( Monday, 19 September 2011 12:31 )|
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