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Back on The Ice

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http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/space_20/2014/12/antarctica_lake_whillans_drilling_project_life_could_exist_on_europa_and.single.html


FAA jet inspecting the ice runway.

FAA jet inspecting the ice runway.

Mt Erebus

Mt Erebus

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Hiking up to Arrival Heights

Hiking up to Arrival Heights

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Seal Pup

Seal Pup

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We finally got our Generator back today and have power.

We finally got our Generator back today and have power.

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Digging out drill camp.  We have finally gotten a break in the weather (rumor has it that there is another storm due in tonight at midnight).

Digging out drill camp. We have finally gotten a break in the weather (rumor has it that there is another storm due in tonight at midnight).

The wood dump.  Another place we occasionally go dumpster diving.

The wood dump. Another place we occasionally go dumpster diving.

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I walked home with this cardboard robot from the Halloween party...His name is Awesome-O (its a South Park robot)

I walked home with this cardboard robot from the Halloween party…His name is Awesome-O (its a South Park robot)

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McMurdo's fleet of snowmobiles

McMurdo’s fleet of snowmobiles

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This is either a mass spectrometer or a time machine.  Either way its pretty impressive.  Also noteworthy; its made in Massachusetts.

This is either a mass spectrometer or a time machine. Either way its pretty impressive. Also noteworthy; its made in Massachusetts.

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Trans Antarctic Mountains

Trans Antarctic Mountains

"Highway 1"-also the hallway to the galley

“Highway 1”-also the hallway to the galley

I hang my coat on the same hook everyday.  There are usually a lot more coats than this in the coat room.

I hang my coat on the same hook everyday. There are usually a lot more coats than this in the coat room.

Stairs up to the galley

Stairs up to the galley

I wash my hands in one of these two about 90 times per month to keep from getting the "crud" (sickness).

I wash my hands in one of these two about 90 times per month to keep from getting the “crud” (sickness).


Fighting the Weather

 

 

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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.

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Drifts covering our drill sled.

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Even more drifts to shovel

Even more drifts to shovel

More drifts to shovel

More drifts to shovel

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Inside the Arctic Oven

Inside the Arctic Oven

Towing our truck back to town.

Towing our truck back to town.

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Bye Portland.

Bye Portland.

LA.  Yuck.

LA. Yuck.

Looking into the engine of the C-17 in New Zealand.

Looking into the engine of the C-17 in New Zealand.

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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.

C-17 from McChord AFB out of Fort Lewis, WA.  I think I actually saw this plane at the Portland Airport at the beginning of my trip South.

C-17 from McChord AFB out of Fort Lewis, WA. I think I actually saw this plane at the Portland Airport at the beginning of my trip South.

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The cavernous interior of the C-17.

On Ice.

On Ice.

Observation Hill

Observation Hill.  There is a webcam at the top that updates every few seconds here:

http://www.usap.gov/videoclipsandmaps/mcmwebcam.cfm

This is pretty neat!

This is pretty neat!

Nice to see some motorcycles on station.  Check out the Pugsley someone brought all the way down.  Pretty neat.

Nice to see some motorcycles on station.

Somebody brought down their Pugsley.  That's really neat.

Somebody brought down their Pugsley. That’s really neat.

The "Gerbil Gym".  I've been running in here since the roads are pretty sketchy with Ice these days.

The “Gerbil Gym”. I’ve been running in here since the roads are pretty sketchy with Ice these days.  The strange (but awesome) entrance to the gym is shown below.  What a time to be alive!

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This is what an Antarctic Winter will do to equipment left outside.  These are our high pressure pump sleds that were covered with tarps.  Snow finds its way through regardless of the tiniest of holes.

This is what an Antarctic Winter will do to equipment left outside. These are our high pressure pump sleds that were covered with tarps. Snow finds its way through regardless of the tiniest of holes.

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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).


Akademiklly Challenged…and some birds

(C. Carpenter)

(C. Carpenter)

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(C. Carpenter)

(C. Carpenter)

Antarctic Starfish (C. Carpenter)

Antarctic Starfish (C. Carpenter)

Roll Cage Mary (C. Carpenter)

Roll Cage Mary (C. Carpenter)

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Antarctic Beach

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Adelie Coming up onto the beach

Adelie Coming up onto the beach

Seal 30 feet offshore

Seal 30 feet offshore

Crusty

Crusty

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Open water in McMurdo Sound

Open water in McMurdo Sound

MV Akademik in McMurdo Sound

MV Akademik in McMurdo Sound…The boat that was stuck in the ice back in December


Transantarctics (credit Chad Carpenter)

Transantarctics (credit Chad Carpenter)

Sundog (Credit Chad Carpenter)

Sundog (Credit Chad Carpenter)

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Credit Chad Carpenter


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