Today we were back in Taylor Valley sampling one of the three sites for the Elevational Transect Experiment. This site is located on the south side of Lake Hoare. I described the experiment and the sampling procedure in my journal on 1-6-17 when we went to Miers Valley. We almost didn't make it out to the field today because of weather. We got in the helicopter at noon and had to turn back because of a storm system. When the helicopter turned around I could see the disappointment in everyone's faces. No one likes to miss a field day because of weather. Two hours later the storm had cleared enough that we were able to try again and we made it to Taylor Valley.
Josh Heward returns to the helicopter landing site after sampling the elevational transect in Taylor Valley. The Canada Glacier and the frozen Lake Hoare are visible in the background.
This metal sign marks one of our experimental plots on the south side of Lake Hoare. The sign has been severely bent by the wind and the surface has been scarred by blowing sand.
Byron Adams calls for a helicopter to pick us up after sampling on the south side of Lake Hoare. The Asgard Mountains are visible in the background.
We have more sampling to do in Taylor Valley tomorrow, so we are spending the night tonight at Lake Hoare Camp. Taylor Valley is an amazing place to work. The views are amazing, I love to look at the Asgard Mountains and the glaciers in this valley. Lake Hoare Camp is located at the base of the Canada Glacier next to the frozen Lake Hoare. When we arrived Scott George and I walked along the base of the glacier and saw a mummified seal. It is so dry and cold that instead of decomposing the animal just dried out.
Scott George hikes along the Canada Glacier near Lake Hoare in Taylor Valley.
This seal ended up near the Canada Glacier in Taylor Valley a long way from the ocean. When it died it dried out and mummified rather than decomposing.