Contact person for additional information: Hanne H. Christiansen
Text by Hanne H. Christiansen
Automatic camera (right) mounted near the solifluction station. The terminus of the rock glacier studied by DC-resistivity is seen in the background. Photo by Hanne H. Christiansen.
column being inserted at the solifluction station. The automatic camera is seen
to the right.
also installed loggers that will monitor snow and or rock
avalanches feeding into another rock glacier, and this site is also
included on a daily automatic camera photo. At a large
solifluction sheet, where we previously
this summer established a solifluction measuring station, we now have finished
the installations with an automatic digital camera (see above two photos),
taking a high-resolution picture of the station once a day at
This will allow us to record snow depths during winter, and to follow any
changes on the surface of the solifluction sheet. Also a soil deformation
instrumentation was installed in cooperation with visiting Japanese scientists.
and soil wedges were studied by ground penetrating radar and some sections down
to the permafrost table were made to inspect sedimentary structures. Ice samples
were obtained by drilling into the top permafrost. Instrumentation for measuring
the activity of both ice and soil wedges were installed in collaboration with
the Japanese project on periglacial monitoring.
from these new installations are planned to be used next summer in the planned
IPY permafrost course, where we plan to compare permafrost conditions and
US and TSP-Norway scientists at Isfjord Radio, Kapp Linne.
scientists lived together at the Isfjord Radio station during this fieldwork
campaign, working on 3 other IPY related projects in addition to the TSP Norway
project. There was a team of six scientists and students from the US doing an
REU programme on the Linnevatnet sedimentation processes, including a TREC
teacher, 2 Japanese scientists and a Japanese master student, who also
studies at UNIS, all studying ice and soil wedges and soil deformation, a
Norwegian master student with assistant studying lake Congress and its
associated karst system.
In the end of the field campaign we were joined by a polar bear family, who also liked our field site so much that they preferred to stay for two days in the area. This significantly restricted the possibilities for walking where you like in the landscape, and we continously had to watch the bear behaviour to find out where they had planned to be, in order not to meet them in the field. It was a mother which were training two younger bears.
Polar bears inspecting the TSP-Norway study area at Kapp Linne. Photo by Hanne H. Christiansen.