Eurasian ice sheet margins
During this expedition researchers tried to determine the maximum extent of the inland ice sheets in the Kara Sea region, and acquire a deeper understanding of the variation and extent of earlier inland ice sheets. This information about the inland ice sheets will be useful in efforts to reconstruct climate evolution. The study was conducted to determine changes in flora and fauna, with an emphasis on the last 50,000 years. Sediment samples was taken and then analysed, and this will potentially expand our knowledge of the environmental changes connected with the extinction of fauna.
Department of Geology, Lund University
Tectonic evolution of the Amerasian Basin
The Arctic Ocean consists of two deep basins, the Amerasian Basin and the Eurasian Basin. The Amerasian Basin is the older of the two, roughly 135 million years old, and lies at a depth of more than 3,000 metres. Understanding how and why the Amerasian Basin was formed is important, as it has influenced the tectonic evolution of the surrounding continental shelves and of global ocean circulation, which has a major impact on the world’s climate.
Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University
Robert Scott: 19 October 1960–26 September 2012
Robert Scott spent much of his career unravelling the mysteries of Arctic geology, and he loved to hike miles of tundra day after day. A close association between CASP in Cambridge and Stockholm University meant that Rob participated in many Swedish Polar Research Secretariat-organized expeditions over the years, most recently to Novaya Zemlya and Taymyr. Rob never had any problems being a vegetarian on our expeditions, though in that regard he was an enigma to our Russian colleagues who equated cold weather with eating lots of meat.
Rob passed away unexpectedly in September 2012 after returning from our 2012 Taymyr expedition, losing a short battle with cancer. Rob was a gifted geologist, a valued friend, and an irreplaceable colleague who is greatly missed.