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28. júní 2019

Documentation on the drilling activity on Surtsey completed

In summer 2017, the ICDP SUSTAIN project (Surtsey Underwater volcanic System for Thermophiles, Alteration processes and INnovative concretes), drilled three cored boreholes through Surtsey.

This week, the Operational Report has been finally published (link to GFZ webpage). The comprehensive work presents an extensive documentation on the zero-impact drilling at the Surtsey UNESCO World Heritage site, it lays out the challenging logistic effort that was required to carry out the drilling activity on a protected and remote place as well as provide the primary data acquisition on Surtsey and the core documentation and description that will be the base for many scientific articles that will follow.

The Operation Report was led by ÍSOR geologist Dr. Tobias Björn Weisenberger. Further ÍSOR fellow scientists also participated in the scientific expedition and co-authored the Operation Report, they are: Simon Prause, Sigurður Sveinn Jónsson, Dr. Hjalti Franzson, Rögnvaldur Magnússon, and Dr. Amel Barich.

The project was funded by numerous international funds, including from Germany, Norway, the United States and Iceland.

Contribution from Iceland are provided through the RANNIS Grant of Excellence (IceSUSTAIN). The IceSUSTAIN group is led by Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, Professor of Geophysics at the University of Iceland, Andri Stefánsson, Professor of Geoscience at the University of Iceland, Viggó Þór Marteinsson Microbiologist at Matís, Tobias B. Weisenberger Geologist at ÍSOR and Kristján Jónasson, Geologist at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History.