21. May 2021

Katla Geopark and students in the 3rd and 4th grade of Víkurskóli School in Vík went on a research trip this morning

Katla Geopark and students in the 3rd and 4th grade of Víkurskóli School in Vík went for a research trip to Víkurfjara beach this morning.

Before we headed to the beach, the students learned about the difference between loose and solid sediments, what sedimentology is and what the difference between a geologist that studies volcanoes and sediments. At the beach, the students studied the sand and how the different layers that make up the beach.

Two small sections were dug, and the strata of the beach observed and analysed. The students also learned about different grain size sand what it is that controls the grain size of beaches. The students also sieved sand to get different grain sizes and collected a few samples of sand with different grain size. We also had a light stroll along the beach where we had a look at a few rocks, including palagonite, which came in handy to further explain the difference between loose and solid sediments. The weather was amazing and both students and teachers were happy with the weather and the trip.

 

5th to 10th grades also measured the beach on the 29th of April. This was the second time that they have measured the beach and is a part of the joint research project between Víkurskóli School and Katla Geopark. During next school year, the students will start to process the data they have collected along with continuing their research of the beach. The students will present their first results next spring, as by then they will have measured the beach for a whole year.

Here are a few photographs from the trip this morning and the measurements made on the 29th of April.

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