Explorers of the expedition of the Arctic Floating University NArFU collected geological samples and met a polar bear
Researchers of the ninth expedition of NArFU completed geological surveys in the central part of the Franz Josef Land archipelago.
Field scientific work was carried out on the island of Fersman.
«The landing on the island was very successful. Interesting results on paleomagnetism and carbon dioxide emissions were obtained. Further, these data will be processed on the Big Land,» said the head of the expedition, the director of the Arctic Center for Strategic Studies NArFU Konstantin Zaykov.
Initially, the research team planned to land on the island of Hayes in the area of the meteorological observatory named after Krenkel. But scientists had to evacuate from there because of the appearance of a polar bear. The small island of Fersman is located opposite the island of Hayes, and there the work was completed in full. The geological group of the expedition selected more than 40 samples of rocks. Paleomagnetic samples of rocks of volcanic origin
«We appreciate the work as very successful, what was discovered to understand local geology is very important. The small island turned out to be very informative,» said research fellow, geologist Nikolai Mikhaltsov.
According to him, further these samples will be studied in the laboratory. In particular, a special chamber, isolated from the earth’s magnetic field, is needed to study the samples.
Let us recall that this year 58 people from Russia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Cuba, the Netherlands, France and Germany take part in the joint expedition of NArFU and Roshydromet. Researchers will visit Cape Zhelaniya, the islands of Gaul, Hayes, Jackson, Rudolph, Hooker, Northbrook and Bell Island. Scientists are engaged in the study of hydrometeorology, hydrology, biology, geology and archeology of the Franz Josef Land archipelago.