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Explorers Cove
Principle Investigator:
Dr. Samuel Bowser
New York State Department of Health
This research project centers on characterizing taphonomic (fossilization) processes, contrasting various high-sedimentation subhabitats in Explorers Cove with ice-covered and presumably low sedimentation (Bay of Sails/Spike Cape; Butter Point/Herbertson Glacier) near-shore settings on the western side of McMurdo Sound. As part of this work, researchers will document the mode and tempo of physical and biological disturbance events. The research team will use this information to help interpret sediment profiles obtained from drilling operations in McMurdo Sound and thus help distinguish ice-free from ice-covered intervals in the geological past.