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Victoria University Antarctic Research Expedition Science and Logistics Reports 1973-74: VUWAE 18



  1. As site geologist at DVDP hole 3, P. Kyle was responsible with Dr. S.B. Treves (the Project Scientist) for logging and examining the core. DVDP 3 reached 381 m in depth and recovered 341.16 m of core. The rocks penetrated consisted of ten lava flow units and five pyroclastic units. The oldest unit, 214 m thick, is believed to be a hyaloclastite. The units were assigned to four rock types, which are from youngest to oldest: hawaiite, augite-kaersutite basalt, olivine-augite basalt and hyaloclastite. Detailed descriptions of the core and thin sections similar to that prepared for DVDP 1 and 2 (Treves and Kyle, 1973a) have been written up (Kyle and Treves, in press).
  2. Mt. Erebus was observed to be in a continuing state of activity similar to that reported last year (Giggenbach et al, 1973; Treves and Kyle, 1973b). Lava was observed flowing from a small vent into a partially frozen lava lake. Gas explosions in the crater were of a similar frequency but longer (6 - 25 seconds) in duration than those previously reported (Giggenbach et al, 1973).


Giggenbach, W.F., Kyle, P.R. and Lyon, G.L. 1973. Present volcanic activity on Mt. Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica. Geology 1: 315-316.

Kyle, P.R. and Treves, S.B. 1974. Geology of DVDP 3, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island, Antarctica. Dry Valley Drilling Project Bulletin 3, in press.

Treves, S.B. and Kyle, P.R. 1973a. Geology of DVDP 1 and 2, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island, Antarctica. Dry Valley Drilling Project Bulletin 2: 11-82.

Treves, S.B. and Kyle, P.R. 1973b. Renewed volcanic activity of Mt. Erebus, Antarctica. Antarctic Jnl. Of U.S. VIII: 156.