Where’s the Ice!

View from a Davis Ward Nunatak we climbed; the curved rock border is the terminal moraine (a pile of rocks pushed by a glacier) of a glacial feature ANSMET calls the “big tongue”. Hundreds of meteorites were found in the “big tongue” in past ANSMET seasons. Today it was just white, but usually the area is all blue ice.

Over the past few days, it has been snowing in the Davis Ward region. The beautiful glittering ice crystals floating gracefully past us, though, eventually fall and cover rocks laying on the ground. This is a big problem for us, because it is very difficult to look for meteorites when you cannot see them!
Today we hiked and explored a nearby mountain top exposed above the glacier (Nunatak), to gain a broader perspective of our meteorite-hunting territory and home for the next 3-4 weeks. When looking at the glacial valley below us (pictured here), Johnny asked, “where’s the ice?” Usually, the area is covered in blue ice, prime meteorite-hunting terrain, but today all we saw was a white blanket. We are hopeful that the white blanket of snow (only a few centimeters) will soon be blown away by some wind.

-Emilie from snowy Davis Ward, Antarctica