The final half of our mapping project was completed after our trip to Narsaq (read the blog on that here). We returned well-rested and excited to live in the village we had begun to see as home again. In Narsaq we had had a chance to review the work we’d completed on our mapping areas… Continue reading Rocks, Ruins and Reindeer
Six weeks is a long time to be walking a least 15 km a day, looking at rocks, and coming home to a tent each night, so we decided to break the whole thing in half. Three weeks into our mapping project, we took a week off. For this week we went to the nearby… Continue reading A Break, Bakes, and Fish Steaks: Our Week in Narsaq
We are still alive!! A few days off the half way mark of our trip and so far, so good…mostly. We thought we would give you an update on our adve ntures. Sorry we haven’t been able to post as much as we had hoped; internet is expensive and can only be bought in a… Continue reading Rocks, Rain and Rest Days
Our crowdfunding campaign has only a few more days to go! We'd love to make it to £2500 before it ends. If you can helps us out with even a small donation, the link can be found here. We will be so, so grateful for anything we receive. As you may have seen, we've just… Continue reading Bog-hopping and rock-licking in Scotland
On the 5th and 6th of March, our department organised a two-day field safety training course for our whole year group, run by the companies Training Expertise Ltd and Remote Emergency Care, who conducted first aid training, and a risk assessment workshop. On the first aid training day we were taught, and then practiced, how… Continue reading First Aid Training Days!
To ensure those pearly whites stay that way, 3 months before our expedition, we have to make sure we have all made a visit to our dentists! Because our area is quite isolated, getting dental help in Greenland could be a bit of a faff, and even small dental pains can become a huge inconvenience… Continue reading Dashing to the Dentist
Hello again! This blog is all about field trips: where we go, why we go, how we plan for them, and what we do once we’re back. The expedition to Greenland is our first large-scale field trip, where we set out to map a 15 km2 area, but it is definitely not our first ever… Continue reading Field Trip Life
Another planning process update for all you budding expeditioners! With the prospect of incoming grants, we decided to set up a separate bank account in which to place the funding for our expedition. Hence, we set off on an excursion about Oxford in search of a bank. Entering as many branches as possible, we asked… Continue reading Banking on some successful applications!
Whilst on our expedition, we are hoping to investigate the potential impacts (both good and bad) of a mine which is proposed to open near to our mapping area, next to the town of Narsaq. Mineral exploration is one of the real world applications of geological mapping, and the industry is a key employer of… Continue reading Let’s talk about mining…
It really wasn’t all that long ago when the four of us, and a few others besides, were sat around in a friend’s room, trying to decide where we all wanted to go for our upcoming geological mapping projects. A few ideas were suggested and discarded, concerns raised, etc., but eventually Izzy, Camille, Jo and… Continue reading Reaching Out
Our term has come to an end, so I thought I’d give you a quick update on what we’ve been up to in the last few weeks. Our crowdfunding campaign has had a good start, we are now almost a quarter of the way to our minimum. Thank you to everyone who has donated so… Continue reading End of Term Update
How is our funding going? Are we on our way to getting enough money to make our expedition happen? Here is an update... So, we are delighted to announce we have had an £1000 travel grant from University College, Oxford and a £200 award from AlpKit to go towards equipment for the expedition. And two… Continue reading Funding Update (crowd funding excitement)
It was for the first application we sent in; our application was still rough around the edges so we thought we might be rejected straight out. But then the email came...we had been invited to interview in front of a panel to justify why our project was better than the others applying. We had a… Continue reading An interview to remember
'Should I talk about trying to find funding on the blog?' It was a question I had to pose to my team mates at our latest meeting. No one jumped up to answer me. It's the part of the trip that's most uncertain, that we have the least answers to. How can we talk about… Continue reading Putting the Fun in Funding
If you had 6 weeks in summer and the chance to anywhere in the world with good geology where would you go? This was the question we found ourselves faced with. With so many possibilities it seemed like we would never reach an answer.
Hi, We are a group of 4 women in our 2nd year of studying Earth Science at Oxford University. Our names are Izzy, Camille, Tamsin and Jo. For our course we have to make a geological map an area of 30 square kilometres between the 4 of us. Excitingly we get to choose anywhere in… Continue reading Who are we and what is this blog about?
Our blog has been fairly inactive over the last few months because we have had pretty hectic schedule. It was all go, from our university exams to checking everything was ready for the trip. But now as we sit around the table in our Airbnb in Reykjavik before we leave for Greenland in the morning,… Continue reading Exams, Freedom, Packing, Leaving – a rollercoaster of a term.
Hi there again! It’s been just a week since the end of our 70-day crowdfunding campaign, and we want to say a big thank you once again to everyone who donated. Your support has been the deciding factor in allowing us to go ahead with this project (we have now booked flights so it’s definitely… Continue reading Thank you. (+ Vlogs: A Steep Learning Curve)