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31 January 2010 Jan 31st: End of the Season
It is hard to believe but I am already home! I arrived home sooner than I thought due to a rapid sequence of unanticipated flights! I am certainly exhausted after the long journey! The WAIS camp…
25 January 2010 Jan. 25th Last Day of Drilling
On January 25th we finished drilling! The final depth of the ice collected was 2561.57m! We collected over 1,000m of ice this season and are hopefully on track to finish drilling next year. Replicate…
3 February 2010 DISC Drill in action!
Here is a short video that summarizes all of the steps in collecting an ice core using the Deep Ice Sheet Coring (DISC) drill. Thomas Bauska of Oregon State University helped me put together this…
20 January 2010 [Video] WAIS Work Commute
We have one of the best and coldest commutes to work out here at WAIS. WE often take snow machines to and from the drill arch to camp around meal times and when we are moving lots of people and cargo…
13 January 2010 PolarTREC Unite!
Mr. Wesche came to visit WAIS Divide! What a great surprise! It is rare to have a friend just hop over for a visit when you are in the deep field in Antarctica.Body: We had a special guest for the…
4 January 2010 Water: a key element to survival
WAIS Divide, Antarctica: Our lives out here at WAIS as core handlers and ice core drillers revolves around ice but, we must have water (in its liquid form) to survive! Even though we are surrounded…
3 January 2010 Visible layers!
WAIS Divide, Antarctica: Our primary goal here at WAIS Divide is to drill and collect ice cores and get it shipped back to the United States. My job, along with several other core handlers, is to…
2 January 2010 First Ice core
We have now been coring for about two and half weeks and we are finally getting the hang of drilling, documenting, and packing the ice cores. We work 24 hours a day in three shifts. During each shift…
26 December 2009 Weather at WAIS Divide [Video]
With flights constantly coming and going with cargo, fuel and passengers, monitoring the weather conditions here at WAIS Divide is a critical and ongoing task. The weather here augments conditions…
23 December 2009 Happy Holidays from West Antarctica!
WAIS Divide, Antarctica: We are certainly guaranteed a white holiday celebration here at WAIS Divide. The driller and core handlers will continue to work and collect ice cores so that we can reach…
14 December 2009 Mail delivery and birthdays on an ice sheet!
Many of our crew will be celebrating birthdays while down on the ice so I thought I'd share what an ice sheet birthday looks like! Not so different from home but everyone misses family and friends so…
6 December 2009 The restrooms at WAIS
I know that I was curious before I got here about many of the in's and out's of Antarctic life. One basic aspect of life is using the restroom and I wasn't exactly sure how that worked down south. So…