Category Archives: 2015

R & R

 

 

 

 

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This season I was lucky enough to have a several week gap in between our two projects and was able to spend some time in New Zealand with Becky on the North Island in between my two contracts.  The first project was called SIMPLE (see the following link for information on the project)

http://schmidt.eas.gatech.edu/simple/

I am currently in Christchurch, New Zealand waiting to fly south for part two of the 2014-2015 season and the conclusion of the WISSARD hot water drilling (see http://www.wissard.org for updates on this season’s work).

 

 

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Glow Worm Caves

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Penguins, Robots, Glaciers, Octopus and Seals

Imatge of an Octopus taken by the ROV SCINI

Imatge of an Octopus taken by the ROV SCINI

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Images taken by Stacy Kim while on a science dive (SCUBA) under the ice.

Images taken by Stacy Kim while on a science dive (SCUBA) under the ice.

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The start of hole #1

The start of hole #1

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This may or may not be a bathroom.

This may or may not be a bathroom.

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SCINI-One of the ROVs that is being sent down the holes that we are drilling.

SCINI-One of the ROVs that is being sent down the holes that we are drilling.

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Apparently Pringles are a fire hazard.

Apparently Pringles are a fire hazard.

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A plane that went down in the 70's at Pegasus Airfield

A plane that went down in the 70’s at Pegasus Airfield

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SCINI Pilots

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Footage from SCINI underneath the ice shelf

Footage from SCINI underneath the ice shelf

Cape Royds Penguin Colony

Cape Royds Penguin Colony

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A weather station outside  Shackleton's Hut

A weather station outside Shackleton’s Hut

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Shackleton's Hut

Shackleton’s Hut

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Volcanic black sand beach

Volcanic black sand beach

Seal Tracks

Seal Tracks

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This is actually a mummified seal.  I thought it was a piece of wood at first.

This is actually a mummified seal. I thought it was a piece of wood at first.

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Barnes Glacier

Barnes Glacier

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This is what my nephew Parker would look like in Antarctica

This is what my nephew Parker would look like in Antarctica


The Return of the Sun

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After 5 days of storms the sun has returned.  We have yet to complete a full day of outdoor work due to weather.  Hopefully tomorrow we can get outside all day.

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The Beverly Hilldrillers


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Part of coming to Antarctica every season is taking safety and training classes…lots of them.  The Cold Weather survival course is taught by some pretty experienced mountaineers.  Many of them guide on Denali in the off season.

 

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Snowmobile training class

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These used to be seals

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Antarctic Dinosaurs

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Our temporary drill camp staged until we finish repairs and testing.

Our temporary drill camp staged until we finish repairs and testing.

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A look into our generator

A look into our generator

McMurdo's Fueling Station

McMurdo’s Fueling Station

Our 50 KW generator that powers the drill camp didn't fair so well over the winter.  Its is entirely filled with densely packed snow.  Today, we had it picked off the traversable sled and moved up into a warm building to melt.

Our 50 KW generator that powers the drill camp didn’t fair so well over the winter. Its is entirely filled with densely packed snow. Today, we had it picked off the traversable sled and moved up into a warm building to melt.


Storm!

Today we had the real deal Antarctica.  We started off the day working on the drill.  It was a bit cloudy and cold but didn’t seem to be all that worrisome.

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White Out

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