It is hard to believe that in 5 days I will be on an LC-130 Hercules flying towards McMurdo Station. This season has been especially fun … a great combination of cool camp staff and fun science. This will be the last blog sent from camp. Our GOES satellite connection is coming down tomorrow. I’d like to thank Marcus for taking my short, text-based emails and turning them into blog material!
Some of you may wonder what its like to wander “the streets” of WAIS. Short of documenting all of the cargo lines and winter berms, I thought I’d capture a few angles from camp’s main street.
One of the interesting moments of this week has to be the viewing of the bottom of borehole WDC06A. Parts for the borehole camera finally made it to camp, and the first mission for the drill sonde was to visually inspect the borehole. The “flakes” you see on the left of the screen are left-over chips from previous drill runs. Notice the right side of the screen (the “uphill side”) is devoid of chips. Watching the camera run was quite surreal.
Finally, what IGERT blog would be complete without a unicorn sighting? Indeed, after weeks of waiting, a unicorn was spotted on the WAIS Divide ski-way marshalling an LC-130 during flight ops for January 25. It is rumored that the unicorn got a thumbs up from the pilots from “Skier 32”
I hope you enjoyed this mini-adventure to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet!
Gifford Wong reporting from WAIS divide via Marcus Welker