NOVEMBER 27, 2008
Update provided by Dr. Kendrick Taylor
Hello WAIS Divide Participants,
Work is progressing at WAIS Divide, however major storms and mechanical problems with the Tucker snowcat and Caterpillar tracked fork lift has slowed progress. Settling of the arch and internal walls has also added to the effort required to get the arch structure ready for drilling. The attached photo shows how much the arch drifted over, the end that is almost covered is 17 feet tall. Geoff Hargreaves, Jay Johnson, and myself are in McMurdo. The rest of the science crew and most of the drillers are in Christchurch and are heading this way. Overall we are running about a week behind schedule.
To get an idea of just how bad the drifting was this last off season....