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Friday Field Photo #173: Snowed Out in Svalbard

September 14, 2012

In June 2009 I took a trip to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard to help teach a sedimentary geology field course and do a little bit of reconnaissance field work. As part of the field course we wanted to climb up some hills to do some work on the Eocene shallow-marine and deltaic strata, but we were snowed out. The weather turned bad and snow quickly covered the rocks, forcing us to head back to lower elevations. That’s the way it goes sometimes when dealing with Mother Nature. More photos from this trip here.

Happy Friday!

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  1. Ann permalink
    September 15, 2012 5:18 pm

    Even though you didn’t accomplish what you wanted too, you still got some pretty amazing pictures. I’ve enjoyed looking at them.

  2. October 8, 2012 10:33 pm

    I’ve been reading this blog every now and then as I’m a geology student and interested in sedimentary geology and petrology.It’s really cool to read a post about Svalbard and the sedimentology field course as I attended the course this summer myself. We weren’t snowed out, expect for one day, but unfortunately the course was earlier in the year than usually and we couldn’t get to all of the planned locations because snow hadn’t melted enough yet. There was, for example, no point of going to Svea, which is a pity… Great course anyway, and thank you for having this blog!

  3. October 9, 2012 4:14 am

    Malviina … thanks for the comment, I’m glad to hear the field course is still going. What a great (and beautiful) natural laboratory for learning in the field.

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