Start date:
November 2014
End date:
January 2015
Lake Joyce, Rhone Glacier, Taylor Valley, Wright Valley
Principle Investigator:
Kate Swanger
University of Massachusetts
Researchers are conducting a two year study of rock glaciers in the McMurdo Dry Valleys to address the hypotheses that the origin and age of rock glaciers varies by region: that rock glaciers in Pearse and Taylor valley originated as buried glacier ice, whereas rock glaciers in Wright Valley formed through permafrost processes, such as mobilization of ice-rich talus. Researchers would conduct field map geomorphic and sedimentology features, conduct geochemical analyses, and use geophysical techniques to meet the proposed objectives.