Greetings (aluu)! My first attempt at blogging finds me on the Greenland ice sheet. I am writing this from the “office” in the structure affectionately known as “the Big House” at Summit Camp. A fog has quietly (and quickly) veiled my view of “tent city”, the collection of Arctic Oven tents that house ~75% of the camp’s current population (43), creating a nice “fog-bow” beginning at the MSF (Mobile Science Facility) and Swiss Tower and arcing towards TAWO (from my vantage point at least). Since this is my first post on the Dartmouth IGERT blog, I thought I’d introduce myself and the kind of content I hope to bring in the next few weeks.
My name is Gifford Wong, and I study ice and climate. I am a student of Robert (Bob) Hawley, and I am thoroughly enjoying my first field season as a graduate student. Today is the third full day at Summit Camp. I hope to share a few snapshots of the kind of science I am doing here. I’m also learning how to blog (slow-learner?) and I promise photos in the coming posts. Still, I imagine Summit Camp does not rank terribly high on most people’s vacation lists, so I hope to begin each blog with a quick reveal of weather and food, two items that rate incredibly high on my polar radar.
The current temperature is -6.67C (and rising) with a windchill of -11.7C. Today being Sunday, the majority of camp staff enjoyed a much-deserved day off. Food consisted of an assortment of delicious leftovers from the previous week. I had lobster stir-fry, BBQ steak and baked sweet potatoes for lunch (washed down with a cup of steaming hot chocolate). Dinner consisted of stuffing, beef tenderloin, spicy tofu, more sweet potatoes, and a bowl of chicken and vegetable soup (washed down with some lemon-lime Gatorade).
Today, in a nutshell, was the first day of drilling. Our aim is to retrieve 100 meters of ice core using ICDS’ 4″ drill (Ice Coring and Drilling Services), and we got 20 meters! A lot of the required gear was shuttled out to the drill site in the past two days, and this morning was taken up with searching for the sheave wheel on our cargo line and setting up the drill. The afternoon, short as it was, rocked. We returned to Summit Camp with our newly drilled ice cores, and they are now comfortably sitting in an unused food freezer underneath the Big House.
Tomorrow will bring more of the same, so I will end this post here. The temperature is rising slightly (perhaps due to the fog that has thickened since I last commented on it), and my sleeping bag is calling. If you like, check out my supervisor’s blog (coldclimes.blogspot.com). Cheers!