Projects

Project Location:
McMurdo and Mario Zuchelli Station, Antarctica
Project Funded Title:
Deciphering the Tectonic History of the Transantarctic Mountains and the Wilkes Subglacial Basin

Project Members

Brian DuBay

Brian DuBay
Organization: 
Grissom Middle School
Occupation: 
Teacher

Samantha Hansen

Samantha Hansen
Organization: 
University of Alabama
Occupation: 
Researcher

Brian DuBay

Brian DuBay
Organization: 
Grissom Middle School
Occupation: 
Teacher

Samantha Hansen

Samantha Hansen
Organization: 
University of Alabama
Occupation: 
Researcher

Brian DuBay

Brian DuBay
Organization: 
Grissom Middle School
Occupation: 
Teacher

Samantha Hansen

Samantha Hansen
Organization: 
University of Alabama
Occupation: 
Researcher

Project Description

Antarctica plays a central role in global tectonic evolution. Competing theories have been put forward to explain the formation of the Transantarctic Mountains (TAMs) and the Wilkes Subglacial Basin (WSB), primarily due to a lack of information on the crustal thickness and seismic velocity of these areas. The research team is attempting to resolve how the TAMs and WSB originated and how their formation relates to Antarctica's geologic history. Since most of Antarctica is covered by large ice sheets, direct geologic observations cannot be made; therefore, "remote sensing" methods like seismology must be used to determine details about the earth structure.

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