Iceland 2003
Keck Project

Photos taken during the fieldwork phase of the 2003 Iceland Keck project in the Skagi area, northern Iceland.
Fun pictures at the bottom of the page!
(photographers other than Brennan Jordan are credited)

Panorama of southern Langadalsfjall, Ashley Meganck's field area

Panorama of central Langadalsfjall, Neth Walker's field area

Panorama of northern Langadalsfjall, Marian Kramer's field area

Panorama of the "intrusion", which we interpret as an intracanyon lava, in Vatnsdalsfjall
Dave Auerbach worked from here north, Paige McClanahan worked on the intrusion, and Katie Ackerly to the south

Panorama of northern Vididalsfjall, Scott Pelletier worked on the east (left), Deanne Rider worked in the
central gully area, and Amanda Bissell worked in the west (right)

Raudkollur in northern Vididalsfjall.  The scree that made up much of Scott's area
is clearly in evidence.  Deanne did a stratigraphic section up the gulch.

Coarse grained rocks!  Intrusive relations between gabbros in Amanda's area
in northern Vididalsfjall

Deanne considers sheared and mineralized rocks low in her section

The spectacular monocline in Katie's area in Vatnsdalsfjall, the "intrusion"
makes up the high cliffs on the left

The hinge of the monocline pictured above

Long continuous columnar joints developed in the lower portion of the
"intrusion" (that we interpret as a lava).  Where the columns appear
to terminate upward they actually rotate over to the horizontal!

Katie and Paige working on the stratigraphy in Vatnsdalsfjall
(photo: Mark Brandriss)

The Wooster paleomag crew (Marc, Steve, and Bob) drilling the "intrusion" to
document a magnetic reversal within the unit

Katie held up by a refreshing wind high on Vatnsdalsfjall
(photo: Dave Auerbach)

Marian recording some deep thoughts high on Langadalsfjall
(photo: Mark Brandriss)

The "golf ball unit" found in Neth and Ashley's areas in Langadalsfjall.
Equant euhedral plagioclase feldspars up to 3 cm in an andesiti/dacitic matrix

Neth examines pyroclastic rocks in Langadalsfjall.  These layers include welded
and non-welded tuffs, and some layers have plagioclase fledspars from the
"golf ball unit"!

Ashley sighting to measure section on Langadalsfjall

Contorted flow banded rhyolite in Ashley's area in southern Langadalsfjall

Three faculty of one mind.  Rick, Brennan, and John (L to R) eye the rocks.
(photo: Dave Auerbach)

Mark Brandriss of Smith College joined us for a sponsor visit and made a real contribution.  Here he
works on getting the magnetometer configured.  As it turns out, he had more luck with the sandwich.

Back at the ranch.  Katie, John, and Paige (L to R) recover from a day in the field
(photo: Dave Auerbach)

It wasn't always so peaceful back at the base.  Katie and Scott duke it out over a
rock identification; Katie says basaltic andesite, Scott says basalt (photo: Dave Auerbach)

Dave utilizes the primitive Icelandic clothes washing machine
(photo: John Winter)

Ashley and Scott find another use for the washing machine!