Dundee-born scientist dies in Antarctica tragedy


Dr Gordon Hamilton died after plunging into crevasse in Antarctica on Saturday Photo: cascadenews.co.uk


A Dundee-born scientist has died after plunging into a crevasse on Antartica’s White Island.

50-year-old Dr Gordon Hamilton, a professor at the University of Maine, was on a research trip when his snowmobile fell into 100-foot deep gap in the ice.

Susan Hunter, the university’s president, led the tributes by saying: “The University of Maine has lost one of its leading scientists. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to his wife, Fiona, and their two children, Martin and Callum, and his friends and colleagues around the world.”

Dr Hamilton was camping with his research team in the Shear Zone, where ice can be up to 650 feet thick.  His team were thought to be aware of the crevasses in the area.

The trip, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, allowed Hamilton and his research team to study glaciers and the impact of climate change on sea levels.

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