From cosmos to the Center of Earth

In recent years, French scientists have studied the geology and activity of Snæfellsjökull with a special electron scanner that gives us a picture of the interior of the mountain, a kind of X-ray of Snæfellsjökull 👀🏔

They will come to us on Wednesday, May 10th and give an interesting presentation on the research at the national park center in Hellissandi.

An informative and interesting talk that will be delivered in English.

Everyone is welcome.

More about the project:
Muography is an imaging technique based on the detection of particles produced naturally in the atmosphere, the muons, and adapted to structures which are usually opaque to standard methods, either because they are too large, too dense or because they are located in “blind” or inaccessible environments. Muography offers imaging and monitoring capabilities that have been extensively used in geoscience applications, but the domain extends to other disciplines like archaeology, civil engineering, homeland security etc.

Its impact is especially prominent in the case of volcanoes either as a standalone remote imaging technique or in combination with other more traditional geophysical methods. Being non-invasive muography has no adverse impact on the studied object and this makes it an excellent tool for the imaging of archaeological sites. The discovery of the previously unknown void in the Great Pyramid of Giza by the ScanPyramids project proved how capable muography can be as a standalone probe of smaller-scale targets.

In this talk we will present the basic features of muography and its state-of-the-art applications, both in geosciences and in industrial context, with a special emphasis on the results obtained for the Soufrière of Guadeloupe active volcano and on the presentation of an on-going feasibility study of the Snæfellsjökull volcano. This project, called Lindenbrock, is centered around the exploration of this symbolic door to the center of the earth with multi-messengers images, from the most obvious visible photons, in collaboration with a professional photographer Carol Müller, to more elusive cosmic muons. It aims at providing inner and outer images of the volcano to study the implications of its inner mass distribution, as well as time-lapses of the potential volcanic/hydrothermal systems inner activities and of the summit glacier.

  • Date : 10.05.2023
  • Time : 11:00 - 12:00 (UTC+0)