Date posted: January 25th, 2017
It’s nice to have opportunities to see and do things you didn’t think you
had time for, especially when you’re in as unique a place as McMurdo
station, Antarctica. At least that’s what we tell ourselves when we’re
faced with more delays! …Read more.
Date posted: January 19th, 2017
This morning was brutal – minus 10F outside, wind 25 knots, blowing snow. We expected one (or two is we get lucky) Twin Otter flights. But there were five! Miraculously the Twin Otter pilots worked extra hours to get all of us back to McMurdo. …Read more.
Date posted: January 18th, 2017
We used time today like we were living on another planet – one with a day more like 30 hours long. First, we woke to the familiar hiss of snow sand on the back of the tent, and at this point we’re able to say, oh, it’s about 22 knots outside, which means we’re not going out. …Read more.
Date posted: January 15th, 2017
We got back in the field today after three straight days of tent! Basically ANSMET has a “tent day” when the weather does not permit us to search for meteorites- which means it is either completely overcast (sometimes called a whiteout) and we can’t drive the skidoos because there is no surface definition and it is easy to dump a skidoo sideways on an unseen snowdrift (e.g., ask Johnny about that), or, it is too windy to work. …Read more.
Date posted: January 13th, 2017
We had another tent day today – this time winds are up at mid-high 20s (knots) and temps a little below zero. It’s so beautiful to look at all the wind forms around camp, from the large, soft dunes with ever forming ripples, to the hardening sastrugi between the food boxes and our favorites – elevated footprints. …Read more.