“The Westfjords of Antarctica” - This spectacular tabular iceberg reminds me of the dramatic view you get when sailing outside the Westfjords of Iceland. Spotted just southeast of Robert Island in the South Shetlands and likely broke off from the Larsen ice shelf. #quarkexpeditions
On our 5th day on the ice shelf, we began digging snow pits for a report on glaciology. We shovelled and sawed our way two metres deep into the snow and ice, recording the differences between each layer along the way. It was a tough day, but also a rewarding one. Once we had all the data we needed, several of us dug further into the walls to create ice caves and spent the night. They were surprisingly warm, and I definitely slept better here than in the tents!! This will be my last post for today. Tune in tomorrow for more #studenttakeover !!
The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro.
Finished my first non-fiction read of the year. All about the tenacious Polish boy, Billy Gawronski, determined to be part of Byrd's Antarctic Expedition, even if it meant getting caught and kicked off 3 times!
It has a pretty slow start but once it picked up I was eager to keep reading. I learned about Billy, his family, Byrd and what he had to do to fund the expedition, Byrd's loss to Linberg (first non-stop flight from NYC to Paris), the Boy Scout Paul Siple that was chosen to go on the expedition (and became an explorer in his own right), Amundsen, sled dogs, the depression, and that stowaways were not just daring, young dreamers; even a hopeful old, silver-haired New Zealand explorer attempted to join the expedition, albeit unsuccessfully.
There is a ton of fascinating history inside this little book. I'm definitely glad I read it!
I even learned who coined the term "windchill factor"! 💨❄😨
The Japanese-Norwegian team has now successfully completed their radar survey in the area of Dome Fuji, in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. The goal of the radar work was to find a promising drilling site for #OldestIce. The team collected over 2 000 km of radar profiles. We, the Norwegian participants, Brice Van Liefferinge and J.C. Gallet from the Norwegian Polar Institute, started our journey south at the end of November, leaving the field on January 9th, when a Twin Otter landed in the middle of the East Antarctic plateau to pick us up. The Japanese team continues their traverse homeward, heading north towards the Syowa station. We wish to acknowledge our Japanese colleagues for the great field work, and wish them good luck in the final leg of their journey.
We lived remotely, in vehicles or in tents, for six weeks on the ice. The weather was fine, but not the best--quite windy, in fact, for the Antarctic plateau; this sometimes made working difficult, with temperatures that were often below -35 C. We spent about four weeks at and around Dome Fuji, with our closest neighbors being Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth Research Station (PES), 800 km away. This was the first time that Norway has had scientific activities in this area of Dronning Maud Land.
We wish to acknowledge NPI, EU, BELSPO, and the Research Council of Norway for financial support, the National Institute of Polar Research for inviting to be on JARE #60, the British Antarctic Survey for air transport to and from the plateau, IPF for their hospitality and ground support at PES while in transit between Troll and Dome Fuji, and finally, the logistics team at Troll Station for all the help on arrival and departure, the coordination of flights, and not least, the excellent food upon our return.
in light of my recent trip to Antarctica, I’m going to try and post as many pictures as I can on here and also share with you guys some of the many things I learned while on this AMAZING trip!
Let’s first talk about PENGUINS!! Who doesn’t love a penguin? This little guy here is a gentoo penguin and they are found all throughout the peninsula and even in some of the more temperate islands. When feeding, they have the ability to reduce their heart rate to 20bpm in order to have longer dives!
“The entire ship was buzzing and the dining room was loud with stories being shared. Getting to experience an entire family pod of Type B Orca hunting for their next meal was once in a lifetime. For over 30 minutes we watched as the large males ‘spy-hopped’ for their next meal on the ice floes and brash-ice in the Lemaire Channel, Antarctic Peninsula. 🇦🇶 .
Spy-hopping is a hunting technique done by many whale species but in this case the adult males bob to the surface aligned vertically on their tail using their tail to propel them up and out of the water and their pectoral flippers to stabilize as they eye up their next meal. Weddell Seals are Orcas primary choice for food supply so luckily these Crabeater seals survived the day.
Nearby to the action were this years calves along with the females ready to feast if the hunt was successful." Update & photos via @jimmy_pawistik, Expedition and Kayak guide on board the Ocean Endeavour.
It’s 12:00 am in the harshest place on earth. I am standing on a frozen flight line over an Antarctic Ocean. About to fly in the most versatile aircraft to the South Pole where we will medevac out our pt. Once I step off the plane I will be greeted with a -60° windchill and 10000 ft altitude adjustment. #operationdeepfreeze
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