Arctic Geology

Sep
17

The antique mountain peaks of Svalbard

17 September 2015

The steep, rugged mountains of northwestern Svalbard are much older than previously assumed and not the product of the latest ice age erosions. Instead, new findings by UNIS scientists indicate these mountains were formed much earlier and were protected by a glacial armour for the past one million years. This turns current knowledge about alpine topography development on its head.

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Aug
24

“Snowball Earth” mystery solved

24 August 2015

The deep freeze of the Earth some 650 million years ago was not total. New research by UNIS professor Doug Benn and an international team shows that the climate was sensitive to variations in the Earth’s orbit around the sun, resulting in cycles of ice sheet retreat and allowing lakes to form, rivers to flow, and simple microbial life to flourish.

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Aug
21

Warm Atlantic water drives the climate in the Arctic

21 August 2015

During the last 132,000 years, the Arctic climate varied significantly and this was closely related to the strength and variability in the inflow of Atlantic Water to the Arctic. This emphasizes the importance of considering regional environmental parameters and feedback mechanisms in reconstructions of the past climate, according to a new PhD thesis by Teena Chauhan. The thesis will be defended at UNIS on Thursday 27 August 2015.

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Dec
03

See a fast-flowing glacier surge forward!

3 December 2014

A time-lapse video of the tidewater glacier Kronebreen in Kongsfjorden from the summer 2014 is now available on YouTube. The video was put together by scientists from UNIS and the University of Edinburgh.

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Nov
05

Dinosaur Footprints on the Roof of the World!

5 November 2014

Once upon a time a dinosaur wandered along the beach in Kvalvågen, on the eastern side of Spitsbergen. Some 125 million years later scientists from Oslo, Alaska and UNIS mapped these footprints – the northernmost dinosaur tracks discovered in the world to date.

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Sep
25

The Icebound/Driftwood expedition to Kongsøya

25 September 2014

Six scientists set sail for Kongsøya in August. Read the blog from their expedition to eastern and southwestern Svalbard in their quest to unravel the secrets of deglaciation, uplift and sea ice drift.

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Sep
19

Permafrost investigations at 81°36’ N

19 September 2014

In August, a UNIS team travelled 750 km northwest from Longyearbyen to Station Nord at 81°36’ N in Greenland. The team’s mission was to drill two permafrost boreholes, as part of establishing permafrost monitoring at the new Villum Research Station.

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Dec
13

Geological CO2 storage in Svalbard – is it feasible?

13 December 2013

UNIS external PhD candidate Kim Senger will defend his PhD thesis entitled “Impact of Geological Heterogeneity on CO2 sequestration: from outcrop to simulator” at the University of Bergen on 16 December 2013.

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Aug
05

The CO2 detective

5 August 2013

Are the plants and soil in Adventdalen absorbing more CO2 than they are emitting into the atmosphere? Stefano Ponti (23) from Italy investigates the matter every day this summer.

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