Gina presents to the staff and air cadets of 2152DF Air Training Corps squadron
It’s been a busy 6 weeks since we returned from our expedition in Greenland. Robbie’s mosquito bite scars have nearly healed and he has been promoting the project through our various social media channels (see links to the right). Thanks to his great photos, our followers on Instagram have now increased to over 18,000! Last weekend Gina gave two presentations about the expedition: the first to cavers at Hidden Earth, the UK’s annual caving conference, and then the second to cadets aged 13-20 at 2152DF Air Training Corps squadron. Both experiences were really positive, and whilst the cadets may have learned how to make their rucksacks lighter for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, they didn’t think much to the freeze dried food!
Gina introduces the cavers at Hidden Earth, the UK’s annual caving conference, to the expedition and the wider aims of the project.
We have also started receiving preliminary results from our project partners. The Quaternary Research Group at the University of Innsbruck have analysed the oxygen and carbon signal for each of the samples, whilst the University of Minnesota have run pilot samples for dating. Initial results look very promising, and we will now move to high resolution studies.
SAVE THE DATE: 17th February, 2015. As recipient of the Wilderness Award, Gina will be giving a lecture in Bristol, UK at 7.30 pm in the Chemistry Lecture Theatre, University of Bristol. Further details here.
Robbie has posted a number of photographs on our social media sites in the last few days. In case you missed them, here they are….
The expedition is now finished! It was a great success. We’ve got many stories to tell, some great photos to show you and lots of samples to analyse. Here we are high above the valley of Grottedalen outside one of the high level caves, which we called The Crystal Palace for reasons that will be revealed soon. Keep watching this space.
During our recent travels into the Arctic Circle, we were rewarded with many spectacular views from above of the Greenland landscape. This is one of our favourites. We just love the striking stripy pattern created by the colourful rocks and crisp white snow.
Greenland is often associated with scenes of ice and snow, however in the far north eastern reaches of the country the landscape can be very dry apart from the milky blue rivers that drain the small local ice caps.
Water-filled surface crevasses on East Greenland’s outlet glaciers fill up and form a giant lake. Every summer, surface meltwater enters the crevasses and forces them to penetrate deeper, which eventually results in higher calving rate and faster melting.
During the final days of the expedition, the team became stranded due to bad weather along the east coast of Greenland. From our position we couldn’t have been stranded in a more beautiful place. We took advantage of the amazing weather at Centrum Sø and searched the limestone cliffs of the northern shore for more caves.
The Northeast Greenland Caves Project couldn’t exit without the generous support from all of its sponsors! During our time in the Arctic Circle, we utilised the 24-hour sunlight by charging photographic equipment and satellite phones off two 20W Arc solar panel kits by Voltaic Systems. Huge thanks to Voltaic Systems for the sponsorship! They were just amazing. The bottom photograph was taken in the middle of the day and the top photograph was taken in the middle of the night.
All of our bags were lost on the way home, but they were discovered and delivered, including this all important, very precious box of samples. p.s. This sledge box was originally a 20 man day ration box out in the field.
The complete team. Group photograph of all five members of the team at the entrance of the second of the two large caves we discovered high up on the upper level. We named this cave The Crystal Palace for obvious reasons once inside. Grottedalen looms large in the background behind the five of us. L-R: Robbie Shone, Christoph Spötl, Chris Blakeley, Gina Moseley and Mark Wright.
We did it! We actually did it! After several years or preparation and fundraising, and many more years of dreaming, our team of five people completed the expedition to northeast Greenland between 26th July-18th August, 2015. We had a fantastic time and have lots of stories to tell. We found what we were looking for, plus lots more. At the moment we are waiting for our grant givers to allow us to release the photos and stories to the public, so please keep watching this space or our social media feeds (links to the right). Hopefully it won’t be too long now!
Thanks to Joe Immen for donating his time and design power to our project. We now have a fantastic new logo. The first will be used as our long term project logo, and the second will go on this year’s expedition apparel. We absolutely love it! Continue reading →
Catherine DiSanto of Outdoor Women’s Alliance recently phoned up our project leader, Dr. Gina Moseley, for a chat about the work of the Northeast Greenland Caves project. Catherine has written a really fantastic and positive article titled
The last few weeks have been a bit crazy at Project HQ. Believe it or not, it looks like we are actually going to Greenland this summer! There was a time when we thought it might not happen, at least for this year, but the funding has come through from many many different sponsors, and we can’t thank them enough. The most recent of these has been from the Comer Family Foundation, and the trustees have agreed to inject the last bit funding that we need to go and collect those all-important samples.
It’s been a busy couple of months here at Project HQ. The crowdfunding campaign came to an end just before the New Year and reached a whopping £12,237. Thanks to everyone that supported us! Unfortunately, because we didn’t reach the full target it meant that we didn’t receive any of the pledges. Nevertheless, it was great to see all the support and to receive all the exposure. We can’t thank everyone enough.
We are pleased to announce that Celestial Green Ventures have very kindly offered to both sponsor our expedition and to offset the entire carbon emissions produced as a result of this project.Continue reading →