Day 1 (February 16, 2017): Montserrat and Antigua Fieldtrip
Great news everyone, we have landed safely in Montserrat and will staying at the beautiful Olveston House on Penny Lane. Our adventure began with a flight to Antigua. It was an early morning flight and I unfortunately fell victim to being caught sleeping!
Once we landed in Antigua, we had to take another flight over to Montserrat in a Britten-Norman Islander aircraft. We got some great views of the Caribbean Island Arc Chain, the Coral Reefs off the coast of Antigua, and the Soufriere Hills.
Upon arrival on Montserrat, Charles Daly drove us to Olveston House. He will be our driver for the duration of our stay here. Everyone took the night to get settled in and relaxed with a quick swim.
Tomorrow will be our first day in the field. It will be an introduction to the active subduction-related arc and the active Soufriere Hills andesite volcano. We plan to visit Garibaldi Hill, where some islands from the arc will be visible; the Belham River Valley, which is filled with laharic material; St. George’s Hill, where a geothermal system is being drilled; the Centre Hills, which is an andesitic volcanic centre covered by a rain forest; the famous Waterworks Estate House from Adam Stinton’s photo of a pyroclastic flow; Air Studios, where the Rolling Stones, Paul and Linda McCartney, The Police, and others have recorded songs/albums; and Old Road Bay. Looks to be an educational first day.
Stayed tuned for more entries :)
~ written by Joshua Nguyen