After the inconvenience of the rucksack incident, we were looking forward to an afternoon of sampling and hiking along a well-established (and marked!) route up and around Lyngmark glacier. We weren't sure what to expect, as it seems everything to do with Disko Island is very under-studied and little researched. The hike up is steep,… Continue reading Disko Part 7: Lyngmark glacier
After a successful few days we are on a bit of a field-high, having established our sampling sites and looking forward to the arrival of our long-awaited box full of most of our sample gear. Our plan is to head to Englishman's Springs, following the route we had checked out the day before, and sample… Continue reading Disko Part 6: Operation bag-rescue
As it happens, we timed our trip with the farewell dinner for the current director of Arctic Station. Everyone staying at the station is invited, and all we know is that a lavish meal will be put on later this evening, and that a recently-shot musk ox is making its way over from the mainland… Continue reading Disko Part 5: Arctic Party
Today we are aching! Our mega-hike yesterday has left us a little worse for wear, so today we take the opportunity to catalogue our sample haul and later investigate nearby thermal springs in preparation for sampling tomorrow. These springs are very understudied with regards to their microbiology, and whilst not particularly 'hot' (around 13 °C),… Continue reading Disko Part 4: Englishman’s Springs
With our sample box yet to arrive, we focus today on geological sampling. Specifically, we are after samples that represent the main basaltic units present on Disko Island, with which unusual iron-bearing basalts, and basalts containing reduced carbon species, are associated. We hope that by sampling these surrounding units (all of which make up the… Continue reading Disko Part 3: Scarvefjeld
Our first full day on Disko starts with a trip into town. We are on the hunt for our sample box that was shipped out from Edinburgh prior to our arrival, and frustratingly has yet to turn up at Arctic Station despite officially having been 'delivered'. This box contains most of our sample equipment and… Continue reading Disko Part 2. Finding our feet, but not our sample box
Getting to the west coast of Greenland is a three-day process that takes us first to Copenhagen, (Denmark), then half-way across the Atlantic to Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) – a former US airbase that’s now become one of Greenland’s major airport hubs. We strike lucky and arrive into Copenhagen on one of the hottest days of the… Continue reading Disko Part 1. Destination: Greenland!
Mantle to microbes: Disko Island as a test-bed for carbon pathways This August (5 - 18th), a team of four scientists will be heading to Disko Island in Greenland to sample unusual basalts and thermal springs, in order to provide well-characterised material for deep carbon research. This fieldwork is funded by the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO)… Continue reading Carbon Cycling on Disko Island – 2013