Rainbow at the end of the Drake Passage
After a lot of nervous worrying about how we were going to get home in the midst of a global pandemic, my trip from Punta Arenas, Chile back to the northeastern US was surprisingly easy. Airports and…
Lenticular cloud formation
Yesterday was our scheduled return to Punta Arenas, Chile, but because of some heavy ice and a brief detour from our planned route, we are a few days behind. We're now scheduled to get to port in…
Night shift selfie
The Adventure Continues Yesterday, we dropped off the ten members of our team who came from the UK at the British research station Rothera on the Antarctica peninsula. It should be easier for them to…
Styrofoam cup before
Hey everybody - guess what happened to my Styrofoam cup??!! Styrofoam cup before Styrofoam cup after
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For those of you out there unable to attend science class right now, there are plenty of ways to grow your science skills at home. Some of the things I wanted to do with my students when I returned…
Snowball fight on the deck of the Nathaniel B. Palmer
Staying Safe The news reports coming from the world north of us continue to focus on the ways in which the coronavirus is changing day-to-day life for millions upon millions of people. Yet for us, on…
The view off the bow of the Nathaniel B. Palmer
We have wrapped up the bulk of our science work and have shifted our attention to the trip home. Although there are a couple of planned stops along the way (to retrieve some science gear that has…
Loading the megacore rig
Another Day, Another Core Unlike the Kasten core, which is a single 3-meter long barrel, the megacore has 12 short tubes. The megacore rig is loaded with 12 empty tubes, each designed to collect up…
An unknown invertberate brought up in a megacore sample
After yesterday's surprise appearance by what was most likely a polychaete of some sort, today we encountered a strange creature that we are having a lot of trouble identifying. We first spotted it…
A burrow discovered in a sediment sample
What in the World??? We collected what might be our final sediment cores today in an area known as Cranton Bay. I was scooping out a sample from the 0-2 cm layer when I noticed something firm and…
Algae causes some icebergs to appear yellowish-green
A View to a Krill Barry and Sheldon, the two Electronics Techs onboard, manage a diverse array of equipment for the science team and the boat crew. They can fix things that break and build things…
Ice freezes on every surface of the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer
An Unstoppable Force If Antarctica were ever to have its own professional sports team, it would absolutely be called the Wind, and its tagline would be "An Unstoppable Force." The Antarctic winds…