Archean Surface Environments
Field conference in the Eoarchean complexes of West
More details will follow
The ESF “Archean
Environment” research networking programme is organizing a field-based
conference on Earth’s earliest surface environments. The conference will
be held in the Nuuk region of west Greenland starting ca July 15th
and ending ca. July 27th. Due to logistical constraints the
number of participants will be limited to 18. There will be 3 field days
on the Isua Supracrustal Belt, one field day in the gneiss terranes of
Nuuk Fiord, one field day at Akalia Island, and 2 conference days in
Nuuk. The conference will start and end at Copenhagen Airport. In order
to have maximal flexibility with regard to weather, the order in which
the different components of the conference will be carried out will be
determined during the conference. For this reason, it will not be
possible to attend only part of the programme.
scheduled flights to Nuuk from Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq. During the
summer season there is one morning flight per day from Copenhagen. The
participants must therefore arrive in Copenhagen the day before
departure for Greenland.
The ice margin at
Isua is situated at 700
m altitude near the margin of the Greenland Inland Ice. The field days
at Isua will be based in a very primitive ad hoc tent camp, and
field sites will be visited on foot. The terrain is very gentle and
usually the weather is agreeable during July, although, occasionally, it
might snow. Hiking will not be very strenuous, but participants must be
fit for hiking and prepared for tent camping. We will provide further
information as the planning progresses.
Summer camp at Isua
Isua by night
facilities, meals and logistics within Greenland will provided by the
ESF ArchEnvironments Programme, and there will be a limited number of
travel grants to cover travel to Greenland for some participants.
We would like to call
for expressions of interest before April 15th.
Please state whether
you will able to cover your own travel expenses to Nuuk.
The conference and the
field trips will be organized by Martin Whitehouse and Minik Rosing.