• One last blog from the south

    Life has been very hectic since my last blog ten days ago and we are now all back at Rothera. We got held up by high winds and snow at site E for a further five days before eventually making the last long haul to D to join our science kit.

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  • Overheating!

    A week since my last entry and Camp E is now wrapped up. It has been a very busy week with radaring, seismic’ing and drilling all completed successfully. Seismic surveys were done on site as well as at two other locations, 15 and 25 km away. The resupply flight brought all we were hoping for and more, including some fresh fruit and vegetables and nine kilos of raisins! Christmas came early to the Larsen C and of course we have the snow; it was nice to see some different faces. If the visitors thought we were in need up freshening up a little they hid it well but we were left with some empty biscuit boxes to wash in.

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  • Daily camp life

    Al, our GA, warned us that the first thing we will notice when we get back to Rothera is how much easier life is there than at camp. And indeed, it is all these little “nothings”, all these things we do without thinking at home or at work, that take most time here at camp.

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  • Reflections on radar

    Hello from Camp E! Just thought I’d share with you some initial results from the geophysical acquisitions we’ve been doing. While bad weather got in the way of our camp move for a few days, it was no big hindrance to the progress of geophysics, which has mostly been about radar for now. We’ve currently got around 450 km of line data in the bank, allowing us to shed some light on the internal structure of the Larsen C ice shelf.

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  • Moving again

    Work at Camp C went very well, the borehole was drilled and televiewed and we collected many more kilometers of radar data. We also dug a two meter deep snow pit for sampling the density, temperature and water content of the firn every five centimeters from top to bottom. By excavating an adjacent pit we were also able to take photographs with the fifteen centimeter separating wall backlit by the sun making the various ice layers within the snow clearly visible.

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