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We have had unseasonably poor weather, even for Antarctica this year. Since the 18th we haven’t had good enough weather to do much more than shovel out all of our drifted equipment. Above is a picture in town in Condition 1 weather.
Drifts covering our drill sled.
This is surely the most critical piece of cargo on the flight. Its a pallet full of Juicy Juice. Thats right. Juice boxes. Apparently this is going out to the WISSARD camp later in the season. Juice boxes are real popular on the Ice for some reason.
The cavernous interior of the C-17.
We have just begun to get our equipment set up out on the sea ice. In the upcoming days we will be digging out everything, setting up a shelter to work out of and preparing the drill for the SIMPLE project (more on that later).
Heres a quick summary of what our field season looked like:
Flew from McMurdo to Cresis camp on a Herc. Camped one night at Cresis in an Arctic Oven.
Traversed from Cresis to site 1A (about 18 miles) and setup camp
Drill setup, drilled hole 1A to 680 meters, packed drill to move to site 2
Moved to site 1B. I had worked the night shift and went to bed sometime in the early morning hours. When I woke up I was the only person left at camp so I packed my tent and hitched a ride on a snow mobile to the new site 1 km away. We then drilled the second hole to 680 M.
Took a shower outside and we packed camp and the drill for the 12 hour traverse to site 2A (the third borehole)
Setup camp and drill, drilled third hole
Packed camp and drill and traversed to the fourth and final hole. Completed 4th hole.
Basler flight back to McMurdo
Now Ill post some fun pictures because looking at pictures is way more fun than reading.
I’ve got a long story to tell so Ill try to make it short and just get to some fun pictures. I was originally planning on (as was the rest of the WISSARD project) an early winter deployment to the ice this year. As a result of the government shutdown the scope of this years work was significantly reduced as well as the required personel. Instead of going to the grounding zone with the big WISSARD drill this year it was decided to deploy a small crew and use the mobile drill developed at UNL to drill 2 sites 50-100 miles from Lake Whillans and deply geophysics instrumentation in Ice Stream B.
I was originally not going to deploy but Dar Gibson (hot water driller) was unfortunately injured and flown back to New Zealand. I was asked to come down and replace him for the field season and was very fortunate to be in a position to do so (with many thanks to my employer, Davis Tool, Inc.).
Im currently in McMurdo and am scheduled to go out to the field camp 1/13. In the meantime, Ill be posting pics about the trip south and try to touch on what it is that we are doing this year and some of the technology that is part of this years field season. Pictures from the field won’t be posted until Im back in Mactown because we have limited communications from the field. In the meantime, as secondary resources to this blog, there are two sites that are regularly posting a lot a good information and updates on this years field season:
Last years work at Lake Whillans was a huge success and we plan on delivering this season as well. Discovery magazine ranked the Wissard project as the #12 out 100 top science stories of 2013.
We will be flying out to the same location as last years WISSARD camp on a C-130 and snowmobiling out to this years field camps from there.
More details and pictures to follow. I’m off to a cold weather survival training refresher and to help out with some instrumentation mods for the afternoon.