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Happy 2017 from EET!

Date posted: December 31st, 2016

We are just an hour and a half shy of 2017, which is way ahead of most of you, so Happy New Year from the field! We had a fun and productive day of foot searching on the blue ice near camp, which you vets will know is pretty random – blue ice usually requires long distances on skidoo between meteorites. …Read more.


Date posted: December 30th, 2016

Having just arrived in the field yesterday and tentatively wandering out onto the vast, Antarctic plateau, I felt the familiar mix of being right at home among the hard, glistening firn, the translucent blue ice, and the broad, flat vistas, and also of feeling distinctly that I am a visitor here. …Read more.

We are here!

Date posted: December 29th, 2016

After at least two weeks of waiting and biding our time, it all happened in a great rush and flurry, with things strewn all over building 155, but we made our shuttle, made our twin otter flight, and arrived at Elephant Moraine this afternoon! …Read more.

moving to EET

Date posted: December 29th, 2016

Finally the weather at EET and McM is cooperating. There were two Twin Otter flights today. The first one delivered cargo, the seconds one transported Jani, Minako, Brian and John.  They are already landed at EET and started setting the camp. …Read more.

Trails of Town

Date posted: December 28th, 2016

Well, we’re hunkered down, waiting out the snows of McMurdo, hoping the promised good weather of the latter part of the week will find its way to us. While we’re waiting, we’ve found all kinds of activities in town. …Read more.

No flights between McM and EET

Date posted: December 27th, 2016

Yesterday it was foggy at EET. Today it is at McM. No Twin Otter flights in either case. – Alex, still from McM.

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Christmas dinner at McMurdo

Date posted: December 24th, 2016

Sometimes a place is unique because of where it is and what it contains, like the vast continent of Antarctica and our little, lone field site. Other times a place is made special because of who is there and the time you spend. …Read more.

Chapel Debut

Date posted: December 23rd, 2016

Today was exciting day for me.  I worked hard all day preparing for christmas eve (Dec. 23) service at "Chapel of the Snows".  

Since we are not able to fly out to our field,  I decided spending my free time playing piano. …Read more.

The Hidden and the Found

Date posted: December 22nd, 2016

We continue to wait for the weather to break over the Royal Society Range, which is between us and Elephant Moraine, so that we can get into the field. As you can see, the place is still pretty socked in, and the low pressure continues to linger. …Read more.

Still here…

Date posted: December 21st, 2016

It is likely we stay here for Christmas. Jani, Minako, Jim and I went for a walk today. It was very warm, not windy, high clouds, visibility at least 40 miles.   …Read more.

Groundhog Day

Date posted: December 19th, 2016

I’ll bet ours is not the first ANSMET blog entry with this title… When you’re in Antarctica, you can expect to get all gussied up and ready to fly, and then be left at the doorstop, day after day. …Read more.

Discovery Hut Tour

Date posted: December 18th, 2016

Hi everyone. It's Minako. Today was exciting Sunday here. We had a special tour of Discovery Hut, built during the Discovery Expedition of 1901-1904.  Now The hut has been designated a Historic Site or Monument. …Read more.

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