Temperature: -16C (and foggy!)
Food: Sundays are “fend fo’ yo’selves” day … and with all that good food in the fridge, it was an easy day to overeat! Lunch was a mix of pork tenderloins, Chou Chee over brown rice, and breaded chicken fillet. Dinner was curried Halibut fillet (with garlic, onions and asparagus) and that “beefy” calzone. Dessert for both meals was that delicious cherry cobler!
Today, Bob rounded up a group to measure the height of the casing out at the GRIP (Greenland Ice Core Project) site, which is roughly 30 km from Summit Camp. GRIP was a multinational European research project, organized through the European Science Foundation. The snow surface (and the fact that 2 of the 4 snowmobiles were towing sleds) kept the speeds around 30 kph, which made for a fun 4-hour affair. Zach, Elizabeth, Lana, Rosemary, Marie, Brad and myself rounded out Bob’s army of GRIP’sters. It was a quiet fun, to be sure … flat, sastrugi’ed white for as far as the eye can see. At the GRIP site, you can see 3 things: the original antenna mast, the extended borehole casing (which we measured), and 3 bamboo poles marking the approximate location of the berthing unit at GRIP.
Later today, Bob gave a lecture on firn densification. He has developed a novel way to measure firn compaction optically. A lot of questions and a lot of insight was passed around the Big House tonight. I’m so glad to be immersed in this science!
Tomorrow, 0530, Bob and I will head out to North Drill Camp to try this melt experiment again. Fingers crossed …