Punta Arenas, Chile
Here we are back in Chile and one continent closer to home. It was a beautiful day so we went for a walk. It was great to stretch our legs after being on the boat coming across the Drake…
Soaking up the Chicago Sun
How ironic that my last journal is on the Summer Solstice after spending 2 months in the Antarctic winter! The sun feels great!! (What the solstice means is a great thing to look up and find out why…
Dr. Matt Cottrell, Palmer Station, Antarctica
That's what microbial oceanography is. And that is the last project at Palmer Station that I will be reporting on before I reveal our findings on the icefish and thermal tolerance. Near last, but not…
Jeff Grimm and Paula Dell preserving fish eggs, Palmer Station
First my apologies for the sporadic entries; the Internet on the high seas is sporadic. I mean, if you think about it, I'm lucky to be able to post any thing at all from the middle of the Drake…
Fish Printing at Palmer Station, Antarctica
Pronounced ghee - o - tah - koo. Gyo referring to fish, taku referring to impressions. The art of Japanese fish printing. I am told that this art was developed in Japan over 100 years ago to record…
Neumayer Channel, Antarctica
We had to leave at some point. Though I still have a few more stories to tell about the work going on down there, so don't leave just yet. In fact, if there is any aspect of the work and life down…
Ernest Stelly III piloting the Laurence M. Gould
Well we are back on the boat today. It seems appropriate to talk a little bit about the people to get us there and back safely. This is a skilled job, especially navigating through all the ice down…
Paula takes a plunge in Antarctica
Today is the last day on Palmer Station. The Gould sails north tomorrow morning. It was beautiful with very little wind. But it was still in the 20s and felt cold. Devin and I had had plans for a few…
Paula in Antarctica
Well, you didn't think I could make a directional sign and not know how far it is from the Antarctic Western Peninsula and Chicago, did you? Harry helped me make this sign to go up on the directional…
Bamma Mellot in Antarctica
Antarctica is one of the harshest environments on earth. There has never been an indigenous population down here. And it's not at all easy to get too. For those reasons, relatively few people have…
Anthony Andrade, Palmer Station, Antarctica
Some of my students have asked how we get electricity way down here on the ice, obviously recognizing that we are pretty secluded with no power plants around. So we make our own. There is a power…
Lover's Lane Cove, Antarctica
That's the name of the cove we went to today to collect some weather data. Our journey today was to a newly discovered island. Newly discovered because the glacier next to Palmer Station has receded…