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The geothermal and volcanic activity of Mt Melbourne and Mt Erebus
Entry ID: K044_1972_1973_NZ_1

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Abstract: The geology and the geothermal and volcanic activity of Mt Melbourne and Mt Erebus was investigated by surveying the summit craters of each volcano. At Mt Melbourne, the thermal activity was investigated at the crater summit including heated ground and ice pinnacles or towers. Two main areas of warm ground exist on the edge of the caldera and a third area lower on the north western slope. Moss ... View entire text
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -74.35   S: -74.35   E: 164.7   W: 164.7
Min Altitude: 700 Max Altitude: 2000
  N: -77.53   S: -77.53   E: 167.17   W: 167.17
Min Altitude: 3500 Max Altitude: 4020

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1972-12-12
Stop Date: 1973-01-06
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Quality There were two main investigators involved in this field party, Philip Kyle and Werner Giggenbach. Werner Giggenbach passed away recently. Any further information should be directed to Dr Philip Kyle.
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Giggenbach, W.F. Geothermal ice caves on Mt Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica. New Zealand journal of geology and geophysics 19(3): 365-372, 1976.
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DIF Creation Date: 2009-02-03
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18
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