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Ice Core Drilling in West Antarctica 2010
3 February 2011 Goodbye Antarctica: Mystery Photo #11 Solved!
Did you guess that the image was of the inside of an airplane? The airplane, or C-17, that takes passengers back from the ice to New Zealand is pretty neat inside. All of the vents, cables, and…
2 February 2011 Mystery Photo 11: Time to head North!
Can you guess what this is a picture of? Hint: I needed it to get home. What is in this picture?
29 January 2011 Was that a penguin?
My first Antarctic penguins! I arrived in McMurdo after an uneventful cold deck flight from WAIS Divide. The last ice collected this season is now in McMurdo, safely in the SafeCore refrigeration…
29 January 2011 What I'll miss about WAIS Divide
Many aspects of life change when you move to an ice sheet to camp for over two months. Some of these changes, like sleeping in a tent outside or working in a freezer at -30 C all day, are difficult…
29 January 2011 I'm Leaving on a Cold Deck
Today I leave WAIS Divide. In a matter of hours I will be on Ross Island at McMurdo Station. I am leaving before the rest of the crew as I have been selected to travel with the last pallets of ice…
27 January 2011 The 10,000 mile ice journey
Once the ice is collected and packed, as described in the Packing Ice journal entry, the ice will travel over 10,000 miles back to the United States. The journey begins when the ice is removed from…
28 January 2011 3,331 Cheers for WAIS Divide!
The final drill depth for the 2010-2011season is 3,331.538 meters. We've officially reached our goal! Given the challenges of the season, we were all relieved and thrilled to reach our goal! The…
24 January 2011 Mystery Photo #10- Solved
Given that we are so far away from food sources, we don't have any real wild animals at WAIS Divide. However, there are several animal suits in camp. Our zoo includes three gorillas, two penguins,…
23 January 2011 Mystery Photo #10- wild animals at WAIS?
Can you guess what is in this photo? :) Can you guess what kind of creature is in this photo?
22 January 2011 Mystery Photo #9- Solved
The item in mystery photo #9 is an ice core box. These ice core boxes are special insulated boxes that we pack ice cores in for transport back to the United States. Each box holds four, one meter…
20 January 2011 Mystery Photo #9
Can you guess what is in this picture? Hint: It is used for the ice cores. Can you guess what this is?
18 January 2011 History in the drilling!
Today was a historic day for the U.S. ice core drilling community. The WAIS Divide ice core is now longest American drilled ice core in history! At 12:02 a.m. we drilled to a depth of 3056 meters,…