Search for meteorite crater in Jämtland
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Search for meteorite crater in Jämtland

The last ten days have been spent around the Lockne meteorite crater in Jämtland, Central Sweden in search of a possible third crater in the vicinity of the Lockne crater. Erik and his colleague Jens Ormö have been studying the geological map and the ejecta field around Lockne and found an anomaly that could point towards a satellite crater close to Lockne. Unfortunately, Jens was unable to join us on the fieldwork this year, but Erik, I and the dogs heroically did levelling and gravity measurements over the suspected crater. Our presence caused curiosity from the locals, and Erik spend some hours explaining to people what on Earth we were doing. Radio station P4 Jämtland showed up an early morning and did a great interview with Erik. A shortened version of it can be found here (in Swedish): https://sverigesradio.se/artikel/undersokning-vid-locknekratern-kan-ha-varit-ett-meteoritnedslag-till

Photo: Gabrielle. Journalist Isak Laurell from Swedish Radio interviewing Erik about a third meteorite crater.

We were extremely lucky with the autumn weather and only experienced two days of rain. The last data was acquired on the last day in the afternoon (in rain). Thus, we really needed all these days in the field. Nevertheless, there was also time for some social visits. We had one lunch talk and visit to the Lockne meteorite crater museum (https://www.locknekratern.se), a dinner together with our friend Anneli Berg’s mother in Tandsbyn, and a coffee & brunch visit to my ‘old’ sled dog friend Nina Plesner in Lundsjön. This year, we stayed at Sörbygården outside Brunflo. A very nice Bed & Breakfast accommodation, which worked really well with the dogs, too. The dogs loved fieldwork in Jämtland as always! This was Jörfi’s first trip to the area and her first ‘duty’ as a geological fieldwork dog. Both dogs were wearing orange jackets to ensure they weren’t mistaken for wild game in the ongoing hunting season. The hunt is for moose, and we stayed out of the woods during the weekend, when we knew the hunters were out. They were informed about our work, too. Going back to the dogs, we have probably never seen Jörfi as thrilled and happy as she was in the field. It was the perfect place to train obedience with her and she did great!

Photo: Gabrielle. Sörbygården outside Brunflo, where we stayed in a small hut next to main building because of the dogs.
Photo: Gabrielle. This was ‘our’ hut.
Photo: Gabrielle. Erik happy on his fieldwork in Jämtland, where he has worked since 1991.
Photo: Gabrielle. Jörfi was just as happy as Erik joining the fieldwork…..
Photo: Gabrielle. Erik and Deli taken a well-deserved rest.
Photo: Gabrielle. Deli is now close to 11 years old and a very experienced field dog. She has probably had seven field seasons in Jämtland.
Photo: Erik Sturkell. Working our way through Tandsbyn doing levelling.
Photo: Gabrielle. And Erik doing gravity measurements. No wonder people wondered what we were doing in Tandsbyn.
Photo: Erik Sturkell. Celebrating successful fieldwork with G&T and a nice dinner (barbecue).
Photo: Gabrielle. At the end of the rainbow there is a third meteorite crater 🙂