Note: We are running a few days behind with these journals due to communications issues with the Oden. Thank you for your patience.
Oden News Flash! Before we get to today's topics I need to make a few announcements....
Mark Your Calendars and Register for this week's Live From IPY Webinar from the Oden. Go to the PolarTREC.com homepage and sign-up to participate in the one hour live event that will start at 1pm Eastern time this Wednesday, January 7th. I created a document that helps teachers understand how to prepare their classes for a webinar and it is posted on my Dec 13th journal. 2. New videos are coming soon. I am interviewing some of the scientists on board plus I have I am working on videos titled "Krill Safari" and "I Picked a Seal's Nose for Science". Keep checking my journals. You will not want to miss them. 3. January 1st was my daughter Kelly's 21st birthday! Dad loves you.
Happy New Year in Photos
New Year's eve was celebrated while the Oden was tied to an ice flow between the Amundsen and Ross Seas. After completing data collection at the ice station, everyone was invited to get cleaned up and dressed up for a wonderful meal. There were 3 courses including salmon, pork, beef, cheese, steamed vegetables, baked potatoes and ice cream. At midnight the ship's horn blasted and the ship's bell was sounded to welcome in 2009.
On the first day of the new year I was able to modify my underwater video cameras to capture images of the CTDA research tool that is submerged in the water to measure conductivity (salinity), temperature, and depth. collecting samples and a swarm of krill feeding on algae in the sea ice. Then the seal team asked me to go out in the inflatable boat again to capture more seals. I even got to help hold the seal down and collect specimens of SEAL SNOT! How could not have had a better day or a better start to 2009. Here is a collection of photos that show some of the action. The krill, CTDA research tool that is submerged in the water to measure conductivity (salinity), temperature, and depth. and snot videos are coming soon.
The flags are held by Bengt Liljebladh and were created by the following schools and camps:
Ms. Ellwood's 8th Grade, Rye Junior High, NH
Cedar Street School, Syracuse, NY
YMCA Camp Indian Springs, Florida
Mr. Huebner, Ravenwood High School, Brentwood, TN
The American Camp Association, National Office, Indiana
Mrs. Doering, St. Francis of Assisi School, St. Louis, MO
Camp Talooli, Camp Fire USA, Pennellville, NY
The Expedition Earth Science Program, Liverpool High School 9th Gr Annex