Investigations of the moraines and raised marine deposits and fossils at Black Island and Brown Peninsula, McMurdo Sound
Entry ID: K042_1964_1965_NZ_1

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Summary
Abstract: In the 1963-64 field season, a helicopter reconnaissance was conducted at White Island, Black Island and Brown Peninsula. The reconnaissance showed that there was scope for a comprehensive survey of the bedrock and superficial geology of Black Island and Brown Peninsula. In the following season these areas were visited for investigations of the moraines and raised marine deposits. Almost nothing was previously known about the moraines of the region. Six distinct groups of moraines were mapped. Three groups represent thick ice sheets, while the other three represent relatively minor and probably fairly recent phases of ice movement. Marine deposits named Scallop Hill Formation were investigated with fossils (Zygochlamys, barnacles and others) described and studied. The volcanic of this area was also investigated with an aim to map and collect rocks of the McMurdo Volcanic Series and to compare their age with the surrounding moraine. Samples were collected and made into thin sections for examination and classification and comprehensive mapping with the establishment of a series of different volcanic eruptions on Black Island and Peninsula was completed.

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Geographic Coverage
 N: -78.0 S: -78.3  E: 168.0  W: 165.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1964-01-01
Stop Date: 1965-01-01


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > BLACK ISLAND
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > BROWN PENINSULA
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > MCMURDO SOUND
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
LAND SURFACE >EROSION/SEDIMENTATION >SEDIMENT TRANSPORT    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >EROSION/SEDIMENTATION >STRATIGRAPHIC SEQUENCE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >GEOMORPHOLOGY >GLACIAL LANDFORMS/PROCESSES    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >GLACIATION    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >MACROFOSSILS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >MICROFOSSILS    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LANDSCAPE >LANDSCAPE PROCESSES    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION


Platform
FIELD SURVEYS    [Information]
GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS    [Information]
FIELD INVESTIGATION    [Information]


Instrument
VISUAL OBSERVATIONS    [Information]


Quality
All data relating to this study can be found in the publications. Rock and fossil samples are catalogued in the PETLAB database and are held at either GNS Science or Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/

Data Center Personnel
Name: SHULAMIT GORDON
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: s.gordon at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand


Personnel
CEISHA POIROT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: c.poirot at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand


SHULAMIT GORDON
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: s.gordon at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand


Publications/References
Vella, P. 1969 Surficial geological sequence, Black Island and Brown Peninsula, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. New Zealand journal of geology and geophysics 12(4): 761-770

Cole, J.W. Ewart, A. 1968 Contributions to the volcanic geology of the Black Island, Brown Peninsula and Cape Bird areas, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. New Zealand journal of geology and geophysics 11(4): 793-828

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-06-24
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-07-02

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