Sandgerdi pond, sea water and drinking water at Sudurnes
The Sudurnes SSLC (location: blue circle in the map above) is located in the coast of the Reykjanes peninsula.
SSLC provided us with pond, sea water and drinking water samples, too. For the drinking water, I really do not expect any BC to be found. Actually I have previously analyzed Reykjavik drinking water and it had no BC. The tab water here in Iceland tastes so good, too. For sea water we shall see! It is an open question. You will find that information later here, after the samples have been analyzed in the laboratory, in Finland.
Hence, despite the storm, I could sample and filter a lot of various types of water samples!
One of the scientists at SSLC, Joana Micael, told that she has studied Ciona intestinalis (also known as vase tunicate) as an invasive species capable to grow in the harsh Icelandic climate conditions. Amazingly tough! Unfortunately they are harmful to Iceland’s ecology.
Reykjanes Peninsula is an UNESCO Global Geopark. It is said that there the Mid-Atlantic Ridge rises above sea level, but I have not seen that place, at least not yet. If the weather permits, lake water and hot spring samples would be the next goal. More information about the Geopark is here: http://www.reykjanesgeopark.is/en
Photos: Outi Meinander, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland