The first drill core from Surtsey arrived August 12th. Here is a record of our activities as we have processed, described and archived the nearly four metric tons of Surtsey basalt obtained in August and early September 2017.
Today, the 7th and 8th grade girls (Unnur, Bertha, Thorgerdur Katrin, Eva and Maria Fonn) of the Heimaey Chapter of Scouts International explored the Surtsey drill core. Everyone got to observe minera...Read More
According to Kristján Jónasson, curator at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History, this is a fragment of gneiss, an metamorphic rock, most likely Precambrian in age (at least 541 million ye...Read More
On September 8 and 9 Icelandic artist Anna Guðrún Líndal visited our Heimaey laboratory. She made many photos and videos, exploring the Surtsey drill core and our warehouse surroundings. She saw be...Read More
The science team works on washing core (top 1 and 2). After washing, it is directly transferred to the DMT scanner in order to be imaged (top 3). The DMT can rotate core 360 degrees (video 1, below), ...Read More
Scientists at work getting a core ready to be washed at the washing station. Core must be washed before it can be imaged. An example of a freshly washed core. This is the first time core has been remo...Read More
To properly record information about the core for later scientific use, the International Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) inputs information into the Drilling Information System (DIS). Some of the ...Read More
After removal from the helicopter and transport to the warehouse, core must be cross-referenced to notes taken on Surtsey. To help organize the core into proper consecutive sections, it is laid...Read More