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- 0.11 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Aug 13, 2013
- Date taken
- geology, landscape, travel
This panorama was taken by Mindy Kimball on 9 January 2013, while on board the Akademik Ioffe, during an expedition celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Geological Society of America (GSA). The trip was led by Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris, and organized by the GSA leadership (past and present) and the Jackson School of Geosciences at University of Texas, Austin.
Elephant Island is famous for being a part of the epic story of Shackleton's Endurance journey. After their ship was crushed by ice flows and sank in the Antarctic Ocean, the 28-man crew made it on lifeboats to Elephant Island. Shackleton left 23 men on Elephant Island for 4+ months over the Antarctic winter, and took 4 men with him to seek rescue in one lifeboat (the James Caird). Shackleton made it to South Georgia Island, and tried to get back to his men on Elephant Island several times before finally saving them. Miraculously, none of his men died.
The island is a large metamorphic complex, ranging from low grade metamorphism to the northeast and higher grade metamorphism to the southwest. Geologists will delight in seeing rare ultramafic rocks and blueschists on the coastlines. Unfortunately, the icepack and the wildlife prevented us from safely landing to see these. We had to wait to see the elusive blueschists on another day.
This photo was taken at 61.079444 South Latitude, 54.871389 West Longitude
On the day this photo was taken, the water temperature was .75 degrees C, barometer at 983, and a 10 knot headwind. The seas were very calm!