My name is Aaron Flint and I’m a post-graduate geoscientist majoring in geophysics, from Macquarie University and currently on board the RV Investigator assisting with the surveying of the Totten Glacier on Antarctic’s Sabrina coastline.
Growing up in the blistering heat rural far-western NSW, the sub-zero environment of Antarctica seemed a world away but now that I’m here assisting the Italian seismic team with surveying operations across the eastern continental slope of the Antarctic, it doesn’t seem that far away at all now.
While it’s an honour to be able to work alongside geophysicists from Italy, it has also been an amazing experience to observe and assist the geologists, marine biologists and sedimentologists from America, Spain and Australia, with sediment coring operations and specimen sampling. This voyage really has been a multi-national collaborative effort.
As a science, geophysics is synonymous with the exploration of minerals, oil and gas throughout the mining industry, however, environmental geophysics is often overlooked for its contribution to the surveying, recognition and preservation of climate vulnerable ecosystems like those found on and around the Antarctic continent. I hope that our contributions throughout this voyage will allow the Totten Glacier and the Sabrina Coast to be declared a Marine Protected Area.
The voyage is being led by Associate Professor Leanne Armand (Macquarie University), to understand the interactions of the Totten Glacier (in East Antarctica) with the Southern Ocean through multiple glacial cycles.
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