Glaciology students on field trip

Glaciology students on field trip

Top image: Students on Fimbulisen. Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS

Our master and PhD students in glaciology had a great field trip to Tunabreen earlier this week. The lack of sea ice caused a long detour to reach the glacier, but we believe it was worth it when we see these pictures.

3 March 2017

This week, students of the course AG-325/825 Glaciology enjoyed visiting Tunabreen, a tidewater glacier flowing into Tempelfjorden. Due to the poor sea ice conditions, the group had to take a detour via the glacier plateau Fimbulisen and down Von Postbreen, a round-trip of nearly 200 kilometers. The students got to experience an actively surging calving glacier. Tunabreen started to surge in the end of 2016, as reported earlier. The ice front is currently advancing at speeds of up to 5 meters per day. As a bonus, the students got to explore the entrance to a large ice cave, evidence of massive water flow underneath the glacier, during the past summer.

AG-325/825 students on fieldwork to Tunabreen in February 2017. Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS

Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS

AG-325/825 students on fieldwork to Tunabreen in February 2017. Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS

Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS

AG-325/825 students on fieldwork to Tunabreen in February 2017. Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS

Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS

AG-325/825 students on fieldwork to Tunabreen in February 2017. Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS

Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS

AG-325/825 students on fieldwork to Tunabreen in February 2017. Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

Inside the meltwater cave. Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

AG-325/825 students on fieldwork to Tunabreen in February 2017. Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

AG-325/825 students on fieldwork to Tunabreen in February 2017. Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

AG-325/825 students on fieldwork to Tunabreen in February 2017. Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS

Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS

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