Monday, January 11, 2010

January 11: First day on the ice

Yesterday we reached the end of the road. Sea ice conditions became so rough that it was not practical to continue. The ship can cut through an impressive amount of ice, but it takes time and fuel. So we decided to head to the western side of the peninsula first, and do some of the glacier work from that side. But first, several science projects happened today to take advantage of the great weather. Various teams were sampling sea ice, doing oceanographic measurements, and collecting rocks for exposure dating (to find the glacial history of the area).

Erin Pettit and I had the opportunity to fly to the Roehss Glacier on James Ross Island to do some velocity and radar measurements. It was a fantastic opportunity in very beautiful surroundings. You can see from the picture that I was happy! By the way: the exposed bedrock in the background was almost entirely ice covered in 2006. Where I stand, the glacier has lost 100 m+ in elevation in just a few years.

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