An iceberg off the coast of East Antarctica
After nearly a year since the completion of the NBP 1402 expedition to East Antarctica the Abstract of the findings have been published. The scientists Have completed their reports and have submitted…
My 8th period class and I
Getting adjusted to life at home and work. As you can see from the picture, it is back to school for me! My 8th period class and I After a few days In Hobart, Tasmania getting my land legs back, it…
The Southern Ocean from the galley port hole
2 days to port! We have managed to make our way through the screaming 60's, furious 50's and are working our way through the roaring 40's latitudes. I now know why they are considered the perhaps…
J.P. Pierce, chief engineer in front of the control panel in the engine room.
Keeping the screws turning and the lights burning. J.P. Pierce, chief engineer in front of the control panel in the engine room. We are continuing to pack up. I took a quick break to run up to the…
Securing some of the science equipment for the crossing
Our science mission is officially completed. Everyone can now do a collective sigh of relief. No more split shifts, mid rats, deployments and processing. Oh yeah we need to pack! Preparing for the…
Deploying the yo yo camera off the back deck.
Today was a perfect weather day. The winds were light and the sky was clear. Visibility seemed unlimited. We spent a lot of the day processing a mega core and a JPC. They collect sediment samples…
A tight squeeze to avoid one of thousands of ice bergs
Good news, we have cleared the thick ice and are now in relatively open waters. Mapping of the sea floor with the multi beam and CHIRP systems is in full swing. The PI's are meeting as I write to…
The high winds and snow make it harder for the crew to work the ice.
To some of you the concept of a snow day may seem foreign. To many including myself it was an unplanned day off of sorts. It usually involved wearing your pajamas inside out and putting ice in the…
a geologic dredge being worked on , on the back deck
We are now in our 31^st day at sea. We spent 7 days transiting the southern ocean from Hobart Tasmania to the East Antarctic coast. During that time we crossed the latitudes dubbed the ferrous 50's…
The bunk bed. I get to sleep on the top for the first time in forty years!
Ok so maybe we don't have a swimming pool on deck or nightly stage show on board. Who needs them. Actually the pool might come in handy for a quick game of shinny after work as the air temperature is…
Our ceremonial banner in the galley
For the majority of the working world hump day is Wednesday, half way through another work week. For the rest it varies depending on their work schedule. For the folks on the N B Palmer it was Feb.…
A Minke whale surfacing off the starboard side. Photo by David Gwyther
We have spent a fair amount of our non-transit time working our way through the sea ice. It is my favorite time for a couple of reasons. The unbelievable combination of the ice, glaciers and ski has…