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Sophie Gaulkin '17 in Iceland.
The Rocky Ethics of Geological Sampling

Rock coring is an important means of analysis for certain disciplines within geoscience. Unfortunately, it also destroys part of the very record it enables geologists to study. For this reason, geoscientists need a code of ethics to preserve the geological record as much as possible while conducting research. These codes do exist, but Sophia Gaulkin ’17 believes that they are insufficient. This summer, she is using an Emerson Grant to research the current state of the ethics of geological sampling and propose a new code of conduct.  More ...

The trip concluded with a visit to Landmannalaugar in central Iceland.
Iceland's Weather Offers a Little of Everything
Nora Grenfell '12 reports on a 15-day field study trip to Iceland, led by Upson Chair for Public Discourse and Professor of Geosciences Barbara Tewksbury. More ...
Elyse Williamson '10 and Barb Tewksbury.
Elyse Williamson '10 and Professor Tewksbury Explore Iceland's Volcanoes
During the last Ice Age, the whole country of Iceland was covered in a thick sheet of ice. From an aerial view, most of the island would have appeared to be in a state of frigid serenity. But under the ice, chaos ensued – massive volcanoes entombed in the ice erupted often, causing the overlying ice to melt. As the hot lava erupted into cold water, explosions occurred, depositing fragmented rock and glass with few lava flows. More ...
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