The drilling operation began on 24 July with the arrival of the advance crew on Surtsey. The Coast Guard boat and helicopter mobilization was on 28-30 July. The drilling operation ended with the final demobilization with Coast Guard boat and helicopter on 10 September. The first core was obtained on 10 August 2017.
Operational Report for the 2017 Surtsey Underwater volcanic System for Thermophiles, Alteration processes and INnovative concretes (SUSTAIN) drilling project at Surtsey Volcano, Iceland In summer 2017...Read More
Drillers Steve Cole, Justin Blouin, AJ Vecchiarelli, Beau Marshall, and Matt Lyon hold the last core of the SUSTAIN drilling operation. At 10:30 am this morning, drilling on Surtsey was completed! ...Read More
Last night we achieved our first BIG success! We drilled through the well-cemented tuff Surtsey’s hydrothermal system, and into the deeper deposits of the volcano below 160 m depth. We had nearl...Read More
These bomb sags are bomb sized (> 64 mm) fragments of erupted material that have fallen onto a mixture of ash and water. The deformation caused by this event was preserved as the rock solidified. &...Read More
A member of the science team proudly displaying full core recovery. This core contained a single fracture, but otherwise was a solid piece 3.15 m long. An up-close look at the core, likely to be a wel...Read More
Our seawater pump has been having difficulties during low tide. To fix it, the drilling team and science team both worked hard today to move 15 water tanks and their frames. With these tanks, we alway...Read More