Archive for December 2009

Visiting the Drilling Arch

WAIS Divide Camp at 79.47S latitude, 112.06W longitude Wednesday, December 16th Hi Everybody, Today the wind picked up and I am now experiencing conditions unlike I have ever felt before. The wind is at about 20knots, so the temperature feels much colder. I must cover all of myself in order to stay outside for more…

Read More

Farewell to WAIS – Hello IceStock

December 31, 2009 WAIS Divide Camp at 79.47° S latitude, 112.06 W° longitude – high on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Plateau. I am sending off 2009 with a flight out of WAIS Camp to McMurdo Station. It will seem like the tropics to me since it is above freezing there. Though I am sad…

Read More

The Work Week at WAIS

There were 44 people at the WAIS Divide over the holiday weekend; camp staff, ice core drillers, ice core handlers (who log and pack the ice), a couple of scientists doing auxiliary research, and others organizing to set up deep field camps on the West Antarctic Plateau. West Antarctica is beset by storms and snow…

Read More

Christmas at WAIS

December 27th, 2009 WAIS Divide Camp at 79.47°S latitude, 112.06°W longitude – high on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Plateau. Holidays – Why They Might Need To Be Special In the days leading up to Christmas, I was a bit ambivalent about celebrating; it seemed remote and abstract. I was enjoying the lack of commercialism…

Read More

Christmas Eve in Antarctica

December 24, 2009 WAIS Divide Camp at 79.47°S latitude, 112.06°W longitude – high on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Plateau. To all of my friends, family and colleagues- Have a wonderful holiday. WAIS field camp is taking the day off tomorrow with many festivities planned. There will be cookie decorating, hors d’oeuvres, a big feast…

Read More

The Road to Byrd – What are all these flags?

WAIS Divide Camp at 79.47°S latitude, 112.06°W longitude – high on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Plateau. Yesterday morning I took off on a snow machine driven by the fabulous GA (general assistant) Sucha, to get beyond view of camp. We planned to follow the route to Byrd Field Camp, marked by flags every 1/4…

Read More

A Visit to the Snow Pit

WAIS Divide Camp at 79.47°S latitude, 112.06°W longitude – high on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Plateau. Today I went out the snow pit made earlier in the season by John Fegyveresi. He and Anais Orsi were going to dig it out from the last storm and I hitched a ride. Ice scientists make snow…

Read More

Sleeping at the WAIS Field Camp

December 21, 2009 – Happy Solstice WAIS Divide Camp at 79.47°S latitude, 112.06°W longitude – high on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Plateau. Although there are segregated jamesways (a jamesway is a Korean era, modular arch tent with a wooden framework) to sleep in, they are generally overheated, and not very private. We all share…

Read More

Ash in the Ice Core!

WAIS Divide Camp at 79.47° S latitude, 112.06° W longitude – high on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Plateau. The wind finally abated somewhat during the day on Friday. I took another grid walk in the morning – with similar results. The combination of flat light and drifting obscured my way and made an even…

Read More

Christchurch, New Zealand – springboard for ANTARCTICA!

Monday, December 7 (Sunday, Dec 6 in the USA) 27 hours and 3 planes later, I arrived (with about 20 other US Antarctic Program folks) in Christchurch, New Zealand; tired, but excited to be on my way.  The first day was spent in a jet lag stupor walking around this adorable city.  The people are…

Read More