Measurements of gases, particulates and energy from the plume, air, rocks, snow, ice, steam, gas and soils of Mt Erebus, Ross Island
Entry ID: K092_1989_1990_NZ_1

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Summary
Abstract: Mt Erebus gases, particulates and energy forms an important source of chemical species in the Antarctic environment and its important that the composition and quantity of the components of the plume and their fate once in the atmosphere be determined to characterize and quantify sources of contaminants in Antarctica. The volcanic plume was sampled for acids, SO2, H2S, H2SO4, radioisotopes, particulates and metals. To quantify the plume output, SF6 analysis on air samples was completed. Rock samples were taken and analysed for gases incorporated into volcanic bombs. Snow and ice samples from drill cores and crevasses and windscoop walls at Fang Glacier and Cape Bird and steam and gas samples from fumeroles were analysed for gas content. Soils were tested with CO2 surveys at Black Island, Western Crater and along Tramway Ridge and with a Geogas survey where vapour transport of trace species (including heavy metals) was quantified. Infrared temperature measurements of the surface of the lake and cinematographic record of the plume during the tracer experiment were also made.
Geographic Coverage
 N: -77.6 S: -77.6  E: 167.1667  W: 167.1667

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1989-12-11
Stop Date: 1990-01-05


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > MT EREBUS
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >VOLCANIC ACTIVITY >ERUPTION DYNAMICS >ASH/DUST COMPOSITION    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >VOLCANIC ACTIVITY >ERUPTION DYNAMICS >VOLCANIC GASES    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION


Platform
FIELD SURVEYS    [Information]
LABORATORY    [Information]
FIELD INVESTIGATION    [Information]


Keywords
PLUME
FUMAROLES
VOLCANIC BOMBS
VOLCANIC GASES


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Originating Center


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
DOUG SHEPPARD
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: d.sheppard at xtra.co.nz


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
Sheppard, D.S. Le Guern, F. Christenson, B.W. Compositions and mass fluxes of the Mount Erebus volcanic plume. in: Volcanological and environmental studies of Mount Erebus, Antarctica.Kyle P.R. (ed) Washington: American Geophysical Union. 1994. pp.83-96 [Antarctic research series: 66] ISBN 0875908756

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-02-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-02-27

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