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General Erebus shots | Search and Rescue Snowmobile trip up Erebus | Lava bombs and Erebus crystals | Ice Caves and Crystals

General Erebus shots

For follow-up with the Search and Rescue recon trip, I was sent up to become familiar with the unique hazards, such as walking/snowmobiling on innocent looking snow only to fall through the roof of a cave, to map the routes used by the scientists, and the most likely types and places of potential accidents.
With my interest in geology, this trip was an incredible opportunity. Nelia and Bill, two of the 'primary investigators' (head scientists) on Erebus, are absolutely wonderful people to hang out with and very open (and patient!) with furthering my understanding of volcanoes.
All the lead researchers on Mt Erebus have been working there for decades and have a very strong handle on risk management, esp with their grad students. Because of the excellent safety record (knock on wood), this area has received little attention from our SAR team. Recent turnover in my dept, Field Safety (the core of the SAR team), has prompted renewed attention on the SAR implications of Mt Erebus research.
Erebus Crater 1000 across and deep 12800 elev.jpg
Erebus Crater 1000 across and deep 12800 elev.jpg
Lava lake 42m diam deep in crater bomb spews all around.JPG
Lava lake 42m diam deep in crater bomb spews all around.JPG
Main camera peering into crater.JPG
Main camera peering into crater.JPG
Clive with infrared and radar instruments on rim.JPG
Clive with infrared and radar instruments on rim.JPG
Hot ground lava eroded to clay an edge of crater.jpg
Hot ground lava eroded to clay an edge of crater.jpg
Erebus crystals eroded from lava all over the ground.JPG
Erebus crystals eroded from lava all over the ground.JPG
Summit pose on Erebus; how could I resist!.jpg
Summit pose on Erebus; how could I resist!.jpg