July 2, 2012 Russell Glacier and Point 660
The group began at 8am for our 45 minute journey to Russell Glacier. After lunch we headed to the Greenland Ice Sheet Point 660. Students had several tasks to complete today. They include:
- Group 1: Placing a geocache at 660.
- Group 2: Video of Julia Bradley Cook and Ruth Heindel of Dartmouth University.
- Group 3: Video of Point 660.
- Group 4: Weather measurements at Russell and place a geocache at the airplane wreckage on the way to Russell.
- Group 5: Video from Russell Glacier.
Group 2 also won the Prettiest Rock Award
Weather Measurements for Russell Glacier
Windspeed = 3.8 m/s, Temp = 10.5C, Relative Humidity = 77%, Pressure = 987 mb, Dewpoint = 2.55C, Wind Chill = 10.7C
Pictures from today's activities
Charlotte Kjær Madsen (Denmark)
My name is Charlotte. I live in a village called Gredstedbro nearby Ribe in the western part of southern Denmark with my father. I am 17, almost 18 years old and go to school at the cathedral school in Ribe. My favorite subjects are biology and mathematics which I have all three years and chemistry which I only have for two years. I also love physics. In my spare time I am a scout and scouts leader for about 24 children in the age from 10 to 11 years old. I also like to paint and do acting but the school and scouting takes a lot of my time so I only do the school play and I don’t paint that often. I have been to Greenland before on vacation and to visit my brother who has been living up here, but it does not this trip less exiting because we get to do so many other stuff then you normally do on a vacation.
Today we have been at Russel glacier to see the glacier and visit the two scientists Ruth and Julia who do research about the carbon cycle and who it is changed by the warming of the permafrost. Afterwards we drove to point 660, where we could go on the ice or look after stones in the moraine. I did not go on the ice because I am participating in the science education week, so I believe I will have plenty of time on the ice. Instead I would rather go looking for special and pretty stones and stones with garnets. It was exciting because we were curious, had a competition about who could find the biggest or prettiest garnet. We were just having a good time looking for stones. It was great.
Malou Papis (Greenland)
Hi, my name is Malou Papis. I come from Qassiarsuk, South Greenland. I go to high school in GU Qaqortoq and I just finished my first year, and my and my favorite subjects are chemistry, biology and english, that’s why this summer school is a great opportunity for me to learn more and get experience of the subjects. In my spare times I like to read books (danish books), watch TV and movies and sometimes I draw for fun. This days activitys, I think, it was cold, hard but fun, because since we woke up early we drove to Russel Glacier and it was cold, and I didn’t took some warm clothes because I thought the weather would get warm later the day, but it didn’t. And we walked uphill to the glacier, and it was long way up and there were many mosquitos in the way, that’s why it was so hard. But when we arrived to the gletcher I took many pictures of it, and it was fun and exciting! After we were in the Russel Glacier we went to the ice cap Point 660, and there we were out for a stroll on the ice cap, were we took pictures and we got a task of collecting garnet minerals and we used the stones to a contest, wich we ( group 2) won! And we got a award that we’ll have free ice cream tomorrow. it was very fun.