Earth science research on Marion Island (1996–2020) : a synthesis and new findings

Show simple item record Nel, Werner Boelhouwers, Jan C. Borg, Carl-Johan Cotrina, Julian H. Hansen, Christel Haussmann, N.S. (Natalie) Hedding, David W. Meiklejohn, K.I. (Ian) Nguna, Abuyiselwe A. Rudolph, Elizabeth M. Sinuka, Sibusiso S. Sumner, Paul D. 2021-01-07T08:12:06Z 2021
dc.description.abstract Marion Island is a peak of a shield volcano located in the southern Indian Ocean. The island is strategically important for the collection of climatological data and marine and terrestrial research in a vast, oceanic region of the globe. This paper reviews the series of earth science programmes on Marion Island over the last 25 years, provides a synthesis of the research outcomes and demonstrates how field and laboratory methods have developed over time. Marion Island has, globally, one of the most active soil frost environments in a distinctive periglacial setting and understanding this contemporary periglacial environment has been a key objective of the research programmes. Geomorphological processes have important implications for local ecosystem functioning and define the regional and global significance for diurnal soil frost environments and climate change. Keeping abreast with the advancements of appropriate methodologies and technologies and the continued employment of a mix of new and established methods has driven the earth science research in this unique island environment. A series of short vignettes present the most recent advancements on old key questions and indicate that new techniques continuously challenge us to re-evaluate the most basic of assumptions that exist within our research. en_ZA
dc.description.department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2021-06-27
dc.description.librarian hj2020 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Werner Nel, Jan C. Boelhouwers, Carl-Johan Borg, Julian H. Cotrina, Christel D. Hansen, Natalie S. Haussmann, David W. Hedding, K. Ian Meiklejohn, Abuyiselwe A. Nguna, Elizabeth M. Rudolph, Sibusiso S. Sinuka & Paul D. Sumner (2021): Earth science research on Marion Island (1996–2020): a synthesis and new findings, South African Geographical Journal, 103(1):22-42, DOI: 10.1080/03736245.2020.1786445. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0373-6245 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2151-2418 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/03736245.2020.1786445
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020 Society of South African Geographers. This is an electronic version of an article published in South African Geographical Journal, vol. 103, no. 1, pp. 22-42, 2021. doi : 10.1080/03736245.2020.1786445. South African Geographical Journal is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Marion Island en_ZA
dc.subject Geomorphology en_ZA
dc.subject Earth science en_ZA
dc.subject Climate change en_ZA
dc.subject Recent technologies en_ZA
dc.title Earth science research on Marion Island (1996–2020) : a synthesis and new findings en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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