Posts Tagged ‘WAIS Divide’

WAIS Divide Science Meeting 2010

Last month I attended the annual WAIS Divide Ice Core Project Science Meeting to give a presentation of my artwork. It was a fascinating experience to be in a room full of about 100 of the most distinguished ice core scientists and graduate students in the United States and reassuring to see the rigor, integrity…

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Making a Mallow Core – Science in Middle School

A couple of weeks ago, I gave a presentation about the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project for 8th grade art and science classes in the Seattle Public School system. I am grateful to the brainstorming sessions with Heidi Roop, a scientist that I met at the WAIS field camp. She has teaching experience and is…

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In the Studio – making sense of it all (?)

“Easton Glacier” 24″x48″ 2010, graphite, gesso, acrylic Traveling to and existing in the beautiful white expanse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been a dream since childhood. Now, back in my daily life, holding onto the experience is like holding onto ice that will inevitable melt or sublimate away. All I can do is…

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Reflections from the Ice

I am home and sorting through notes, sketches and photographs from my travels south. Paul and I had a great time in New Zealand. We hiked in the Queen Charlottes, Abel Tasman,  and on the west coast; drove through wine country that felt like the Napa Valley; saw many strange birds and entire forests of…

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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…

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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…

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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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