Kenneth W W Sims

Sangay Volcano Erupts in Ecuador

This past December, our team trekked up a remote, active volcano in Ecuador known as Sangay, “The Giver.” We collected more than 60 geologic samples from lava flows and rocks all up and down the slopes, which will help us better ...

Collecting Clues to Solve a Volcanic Mystery

Sangay volcano is remote, active and reputedly dangerous. Despite the mountain’s deadly history (as recounted in “Sangay Survived: The Story of the Ecuador Volcano Disaster”) and potential for explosive eruptions, this year Sangay volcano was in a mostly restful, ...

A Volcanic Adventure on “The Giver”

At 5,230 meters above sea-level, Sangay is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and one of Ecuador’s most eruptive. However, unlike many volcanoes in Ecuador (and around the globe), which are easily approached by road, Sangay is ...

Ross Island 2014: Journey’s End

After many trials and near-misses, Kenneth W W Sims has finally obtained his volcanic samples on Antarctica’s Ross Island. Here, he recounts these challenges and those of past explorers. Our fieldwork season in Antarctica is complete! All told, it ...

Antarctica 2014: Success at Lewis Bay

After many delays, Ken Sims is finally on ice—antarctic ice. He is studying the origins of ancient, frozen volcanic islands around Antarctica by analyzing their rocks. Dangers abound, but Ken is willing to brave them for science. I am ...

Rediscovering Ross Island 2012: “G-092 Redeployed to CONUS”

Written by Ken Sims. “G-092 redeployed to CONUS” (the Continental United States). This Antarctic vernacular sounds almost Orwellian, but essentially it means that after five great weeks in Antarctica, our 2012 Ross Island Expedition, dubbed G-092, is drawing to a close. ...

Rediscovering Ross Island 2012: Penguins in the Wind

Written by Glenn Gaetani. We (Ken, Phil, Paul, Erin, Dan, and I) left McMurdo Station to spend four days at Cape Bird sampling lavas erupted from Mount Bird, a 5900 foot shield volcano that makes up the northern part of Ross ...

Rediscovering Ross Island 2012: Awe-Inspiring Ice Caves

Written by Erin Phillips Writer After a hearty Sunday brunch at McMurdo station, Ken, Paul, Dan, and I went out for an afternoon on the snowmobiles.  This outing would allow those of us with no prior snowmobile experience to become ...

Rediscovering Ross Island 2012: Lava Sampling on the North Shore

Written by Ken Sims. After all the requisite training we are now sampling the volcanic rocks on Ross Island. Yesterday while the other team members were completing their environmental training, Phil Kyle and I flew out to Lewis Bay (Plate 1 ...

Rediscovering Ross Island: Getting Ready with Survival Training

Written by Dan Rasmussen Two days isolated in the frigid expanse of the Antarctic desert lit by 24-hour sunlight with only survival equipment—at McMurdo Station, this is known as “Happy Camper School”.  Our two enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructors, Susan ...

Rediscovering Ross Island: Our Arrival In Antarctica

Written by Erin Phillips Writer Yesterday our team arrived at McMurdo station, Antarctica.  After a 24-hour weather delay Monday morning, we flew from Christchurch, New Zealand to Antarctica on a C-17 military cargo plane.  Flying in a C-17 is very ...