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Typical coastal cliff of micaschist on Elephant Island with overhaning glacier. The cliffs are due to recent uplift of the island. Sampling is only possible by quickly slipping below the glacier and hoping that no piece will break off at that time. Notice size of geologist dressed in yellow at the foot of the cliff. PhotoID162

Typical coastal cliff of micaschist on Elephant Island with overhaning glacier. The cliffs are due to recent uplift of the island. Sampling is only possible by quickly slipping below the glacier and hoping that no piece will break off at that time. Notice size of geologist dressed in yellow at the foot of the cliff. PhotoID162

Photograph: Cees Passchier