Mummified Seal

Two ERI researchers (UCSB graduate students) survey the raised beaches of Joinville Island.  The beach is home to several fur seals, some of which come there to die.  The surveys were taken to determine the age and elevation of the beach ridges in order to reconstruct late Holocene sea levels for the northern Antarctic Peninsula.  The record of sea level will provide insights into the glacial history and Earth structure beneath the Antarctic Peninsula. Photo credit: Alex Simms.