Snow spiders, shrimps and migration of Ice Age animals

Walney Island Deer comes to Manchester Museum

 

 

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Dettifoss

Dettifoss in Northern Iceland is Europe’s largest waterfall by volume. It flows over some stunning columnar basalt lavas

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Collecting the Myvatn fires 1724-29

One of the main reasons to come to Iceland was to collect new volcanic structures for the museum alongside collecting stories, interviews and background information. We were able to collect some beautiful Ropey lava from the 1724-29 Myvatn Fires eruption yesterday.

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They show the classic  ‘ropey’ texture of gas poor, very fluid lava that flowed down the hill and across the valley in the images below. The lava was very brittle.

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The edge of the lava flow

The edge of the lava flow

We have made every effort to collect in a responsible way. We have permission to export from the Icelandic Institute of Natural History and are only collecting loose material. A telegraph line ran across part of the lava flow which gave us a good, very disturbed area to collect from.

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Washing specimens in a hydrothermal shower

Washing specimens in a hydrothermal shower

Snaefellsjokull volcano

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More about our Iceland collecting trip

New light on old boulders

I’m pleased to say that the hoardings around the glacial boulder in the University Old Quad next to the museum have been taken down.

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Here’s what we’ve got about the boulder in our new Ice Age display:

In 1888, during the construction of a sewer on Oxford Road, an enormous boulder was discovered, that had originated in the Lake District, more than 80 miles away. It has been displayed in the Old Quad next to the Museum ever since.

The icebergs vs land ice debate was still raging. William Boyd Dawkins, the first curator of Manchester Museum, favoured drifting icebergs.

The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, February 21st 1888

The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, February 21st 1888

Excavating the boulder at the junction of Oxford Road and Ducie Street Image courtesy of Buxton Museum

Excavating the boulder at the junction of Oxford Road and Ducie Street
Image courtesy of Buxton Museum

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