Mel Fiel (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA) and Maryann Thorp (Anglesea, Australia) journey to Iceland to assist Drs. Andy Russell (University of Newcastle), Fiona Tweed (Staffordshire University), Philip Marren (University of the Witwatersrand), and Matthew Roberts (Iceland Meteorological Office). The scientists are leading Earthwatch teams into the vast glaciated landscapes near Skaftafell National Park to document evidence of past jökulhlaups—the floods that occur when a volcano erupts under an ice cap and melts the ice. August 2-16


Mel Fiel's Diary
Maryann Thorp’s Diary



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