Ocean2ice studentship

An iSTAR PhD studentship has been announced at the University of East Anglia: “Ocean-ice interaction in the Amundsen Sea Embayment, Antarctica”. This forms part of Ocean2ice (iSTAR A). Note: application deadline: 6 Jan.

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New Year update

We can see mountains on the horizon! Or are they just mountain-shaped clouds? After many weeks on the ice plains of Pine Island Glacier, our eyes sometimes deceive. However, whilst driving one of many radar lines away from camp, Damon pointed his camera north yesterday, and took a picture of dark silhouettes rising from the flat surface, with clouds draping the peaks – they must be the Hudson Mountains!

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The team is complete

With the arrival of the iSTAR C team at Pine Island Glacier the traverse is now at full capacity. Our journey to the field camp site at iSTAR 06 was simply stunning. Our Twin Otter stopped to refuel at Fossil Bluff and Sky Blu field stations passing over nunataks piercing through crevasse scarred ice. As we closed in on the iSTAR camp the footprint of the previous day’s campsite appeared below with tracks of Polar 1 and 2, the traverse snow tractors providing us with a road leading us to their current location.

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The traverse begins

After one day of bad weather layup in British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station and four consecutive days of howling wind out in the field, the forecast finally gave a 50:50 chance for a successful flight onto the traverse. This season a 50:50 chance is good enough so we took to the sky.

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Last traverse staff depart

All but two of the scientists going on the tractor train this season are now either in Antarctica or on their way south, with the last two leaving tomorrow. For most of the traverse personnel, the journey south starts either at Heathrow (if they are travelling through Chile) or at RAF Brize Norton (if going… Read more »

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