Saturday, January 16, 2010

January 16: A day of marine science

We spent another day out at sea, several hours west of the Antarctic Peninsula. The marine geologists got a 4 m long core from the bottom of the ocean (at 600 m depth). These cores can be used to see when the Antarctic Ice Sheet last extended to that point. The marine biologists deployed a camera to look for the creatures that are crawling around on the ocean floor. They call it a yo-yo camera, because it is deployed to the bottom, then raised a little bit so the ship can move, then they take another picture, etc. On a day like this, there is not much to do for us terrestrial people. I can't work for too long in a row on the computer before getting a headache when we are on the open ocean. At least today it was not as rough as yesterday. Now we are on the way back to Flandres Bay, where we were two days ago. If the weather is good, we'll fly, but the forecast is not promising.

Being out at sea gives us fewer opportunities for interesting pictures, so today I chose one from the ship. It shows my bunk, that I'm sharing with Ronald Ross, a Scottish engineer who lives in Australia and builds the glacier meteorological and geophysical stations that we will deploy. The room is not very big, but the ship offers plenty of space for lab work, computer work, watching movies, or holding meetings. So overall, we have a fair amount of space.

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