July 2014 Blog Posts (5)

Site 3 - Landbrotalaug, Snaefellsness Peninsula

Site 3 - Landbrotalaug, Snaefellsness Peninsula



Our third site was the rather unassuming site of Landbrotalaug. It is located on the Snaefellsness Peninsula, made famous by Jules Verne in his book "Journey to the Center of the Earth". There, the Snaefells volcano, situated near the tip of the peninsula, is actually the entrance!

What is interesting about Snaefells is that the rocks are a bit…

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Added by Sanjoy Som on July 23, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Site 2 - Deildarthunguhver in Vesturland

Site 2 - Deildarthunguhver in Vesturland

After the muddy waters of Seltun, I was looking forward to some clearer waters to sample. I got my wish granted at Deidarthunguhver. This hot spring is extraordinary. Water emerges out of the rock bubbling and fountaining furiously at 98C, at the highest flow rate in Europe. 198 liters / second (52 gallons per second)! …

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Added by Sanjoy Som on July 16, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Site 1 - Seltun

Site 1 - Seltun, Reykjanes Peninsula

After loading our trusty 4x4 Suzuki Jimny with our sampling gear, we headed off heading west from Reykjavik. Leaving the highway to go in the direction of Kruysuvik, the paved road soon ended (I love that about Iceland, the driving is always so much fun!). Thankfully the rain had stopped by the time we got to our destination, which was…

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Added by Sanjoy Som on July 11, 2014 at 10:45am — No Comments

In the last stretch of the HI-SEAS Mission

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Well time has once again escaped me and the rest of the HI-SEAS crew as we find ourselves with 19 days left inside our simulated Martian home. As we begin to wrap up all of our projects, papers, and final outreach activities the crew has achieved a state jovial exhaustion coupled with some mild panic at the growing to do lists.



Even with our long days and short nights the crew has still been finding time to explore the local terrain and this morning performed a…

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Added by Tiffany Swarmer on July 7, 2014 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Iceland 2014 - Overview

Iceland 2014 - Overview of field work

In 2014, I was very lucky to be a recipient of the Lewis and Clarke Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology. The fund is awarded by the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the American Philosophical Society (more info here). My proposal involved sampling six hydrothermal sites (fancy…

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Added by Sanjoy Som on July 7, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

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