Seafaring on Blue Ice

Yellow tented harbor I have seen waves before, out on the Blue Ice. Translucent, topaz swells undulate and interfere generating domical forms. Tiny, superposed, ubiquitous ripples reveal the relentless ravages of wind and sun. But out here, on the divide between ice sheet snows and plateau winds monstrous forms emerge....

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A short intermission…..

Ralph (the website maintenance guy and PI of ANSMET) here-   I just want to warn our readers (particularly loved ones of the field party) that I'm stepping away from full speed internet (gasp!) until very late Monday (13 Jan). ¬†That's probably going to mean few or no posts for a...

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Another white Christmas

After making rather merry during our Christmas celebrations last night, our spirits were higher than the wind, so we got out and searched all day today. A storm was pushing in from the east, over the Ross Ice Shelf, and this competed with the southern katabatic winds for control...

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Tent Life

Just as Shackleton was tent bound more than 100 years ago on this day due to weather, so are we. Last night's dreams were influenced by strong katabatic winds that find our tents minor obstacles to be trifled with and whipped about in a frenzy of creaks, slaps, and...

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Rocks …from … Space!

We've now had three days searching, finding, and collecting meteorites. We have seven more from this afternoon, and found several others this morning in our "home" moraine. Today was windy, around 15-20 mph, which made it very cold and hard to collect the meteorites. But we persevere because we...

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Crevasse!

  Welcome to class, BYU geology and Mr. Rad's Bonneville 6th grade! Can you find the crevasse in this picture? Why isn't it a gaping hole? Why do you think we tried not to walk on it anyway? How big is it, and which direction are the stresses oriented? Why...

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A Great Day on the Big Ice

Greetings to all ANSMET Followers, There are good days and then there are GREAT DAYS, this was the latter. ANSMETTeam 2013-14 spent the entire day "Hunting Meteorites" on the Big Ice today. Thereis no way to fully describe the boundless joy that surges forth as one navigates on the blue...

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We’re all here!!

  This is a quick note, written on a full lunch belly, prior to heading out to the moraine with ALL EIGHT of the ANSMET crew to collect our first meteorites! The rest of our group arrived yesterday in a flurry of five Twin Otter flights (those Kenn Borek pilots...

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