|Tim Pharaoh holding the compact
seismic sensor and data logger
Tim Pharaoh visited Iceland in April at the invitation of Greenhead College, Huddersfield. He accompanied a 40-strong party of AS level Geography and Geology students and their teachers on a 5 day itinerary in the SW part of the island. Following the 'classic' route through the 'Golden Triangle', the party discovered the benefits of geothermal energy at the 'Blue Lagoon'; experienced ocean-free Mid-Atlantic Ridge at Þingvellir; observed dramatic glacier recession; and a host of 'alien' volcanic, landscapes. These are now immortalised in TV shows like 'Game of Thrones' and 'Fortitude', and films such as 'Prometheus', 'Interstellar', 'Thor' (predictably!) and 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'. The excursion enabled deployment of a new compact 3-component seismic sensor and data logger manufactured by Gulf Coast Data Concepts (www.gcdataconcepts.com), packaged in a waterproof case and no bigger than a lunchbox.
|Greenhead College students and Tim Pharaoh burying the sensor|
Should your school or college have the opportunity to visit such a region for a reasonable period in future, you may want to try it out for yourselves! If so, please contact Paul Denton, of the BGS Schools Seismology Programme, directly.
Thanks to a relay of individuals who allowed the transfer of the sensor from Fulneck School to Greenhead College before the trip! The assistance of Richard Brewster, Becky Gould, Frédérique Jaffeux and their students with this experiment is gratefully acknowledged. We also thank Hotel Laki, a great place to stay, for their hospitality.
Paul Denton, Schools Seismology Programme, BGS Keyworth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tim Pharaoh, Energy and Marine Geoscience Programme, BGS Keyworth (email@example.com)
Richard Brewster, Geography Department, Greenhead College, Huddersfield (RBrewster@greenhead.ac.uk)
Becky Gould, Geology Department, Greenhead College, Huddersfield
Hotel Laki, Kirkjubæjarklaustur (www.hotellaki.is)