Voyage to the North Pole

Last week I got the opportunity to go to Spitsbergen, an island in the Svalbard archipelago only a few hundred miles from the North Pole.

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The trip was a pedagogical cruise sponsored by the UT Jackson School of Geosciences and Norwegian oil company, Statoil. In all, about 80 faculty and students in geology, geophysics, and petroleum engineering made the trek along western Spitsbergen to learn about the “economic geology” (as it’s known in this business) in the Arctic.

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(GPS tracking of the trip courtesy of Julio Leva)

Visiting both the Arctic and Antarctic circles in one year might not have explicitly been on my bucket list before, but it’s certainly made this a year to remember.

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