Antarctica Project-Deep Ice Deep Time

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…

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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…

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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…

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Physical properties of Ice, or How to make an ice core sandwich. . .

Thin sections of glacier ice are incredibly beautiful. I love to gaze into these clear windows filled with little bubbles; some spherical, others oblong, all holding ancient air.  The ice refracts light from its crystal faces into multiple planes of shimmering color. I see them as lovely sculptures, but scientists prepare them to study the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Blogging at 36kbits/sec

While I am at the WAIS Divide field camp in West Antarctica, I (the entire camp actually) will only have access to the internet via a GOES satellite link for 5 hours a day. We can write emails upload them to the camp server and they will automatically be sent out during that time. My…

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Deep Ice, Deep Time – a Journey to West Antarctica

I am thrilled to announce my participation in the National Science Foundations’ Artist and Writers program to travel to West Antarctica this winter.  I will travel to the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project field camp to sketch, photograph, and observe the camp and  surrounding ice sheet plateau.  In 2010, I will create a suite of…

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