Purple saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) from west of Resolute Bay, Cornwallis Island, July, 1993.
looking northeast, up Otto Fiord, northwest Ellesmere Island. A glacier at the end of the fiord has calved icebergs, many of which are stranded in the shallow fiord. July, 1987.
looking south from Dragon Mountain, across Expedition Fiord, towards "Split Mountain". Western Axel Heiberg Island. Both seasonal sea ice and icebergs are visible in the fiord. July, 1993.
Capitate lousewort (Pedicularis capitata) from near Kanguk River, western Axel Heiberg Island, July, 1990.
looking towards the west at flood basalt lava flows on Dragon Cliffs, north side of Expedition Fiord, western Axel Heiberg Island. These lava flows are part of the Albian (late Early Cretaceous) age Strand Fiord Formation. At Dragon Cliffs, there are more than 10 flow units totalling over 200 metres of stratigraphic thickness. The cliffs approach 300 metres tall at this location, and drop precipitously into the fiord, which is covered in seasonal ice. The rounded peak on the left is Surveyor Mountain, and beyond that is Iceberg Bay and the Triangle Peninsula. On the horizon are the icefields north of South Fiord, which get as high as 1200 metres (3945 feet). July, 1993.
closer view of the flood basalt lava flows on Dragon Cliffs, north side of Expedition Fiord, western Axel Heiberg Island. This view is close enough that columnar jointing is visible in individual flows (the vertical striations). It is formed due to contraction and propigation of stress-related cracks during the cooling of the flows. The columns in this unit are usually 1 to 3 metres in diameter, giving some idea of the impressive scale. July, 1993.
Alpine arnica (Arnica alpina). North of Bastion Ridge, near the head of Expedition Fiord, south of the Expedition River. July, 1993.
A days catch for a paleontologist. These specimens are Cretaceous (Middle Albian) in age, and occur within calcium-carbonate concretions in the shales of the Christopher Formation. Ammonites, probably Neogastroplites or related genera, are the most common fossils; but also present are occasional inoceramid clams, and complete fossil fish (top specimen). As you can see, the shape of the concretions often conforms to the fossil contained within. From near Dragon Mountain, western Axel Heiberg Island. July, 1993.
Nodding bladder campion (Melandrium apetalum ssp. arcticum). Near Dragon Mountain, north of Expedition Fiord, western Axel Heiberg Island. July, 1993.
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