Latvian geologists to go Antarctic

February 11 will mark the first expedition of Latvian geologists to Antarctica. They will research the glaciers in a bid to try to develop polar research in Latvia.

The Latvian party will be based at the Ukrainian-owned Vernadsky Station that lies at Marina Point on Galindez Island in the Argentine Islands.

They will measure glacier depth and structure of Antarctica, including by way of making 3D models for further research. Scientists will research microorganisms, as well as soil formation and minerals and strata.

The endeavor aims to add to the understanding of current processes and glacier dynamics in the vicinity of the Antarctic peninsula. It is also to add to the understanding of climate change and its effects.

Scientists from the University of Latvia Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences will go on the expedition, including Dr.geol. Kristaps Lamsters, Dr.geol. Jānis Karušs and Dr.geol. Māris Krievāns. This will be the fourth expedition for the team which has previously researched glaciers in Iceland and Greenland. 

In addition to EU funds, the initiative is being supported by local businesses including Mikrotīkls, Ceļu būvniecības savienība Igate, Spectre Latvia, the Ceļotājs store, Tribe, and Master Foto.

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