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John "lakewood" Fegyveresi

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Safely at South Pole


Quick update (very little internet here):

Made it safely to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and the ice-core drilling is progressing well.  We have already drilled over 400 additional meters of ice this year (which equates to tens of thousands of years of climate history).

The camp here is much different than WAIS Divide.  I'm used to sleeping in a tent on the ice sheet, and going out for a run along the airplane skiway.  Here at pole, we have our own dorm rooms, and a full fitness center.  I feel a bit spoiled.  Our drilling facility is about 2 miles away from the station, so it gives me a nice run into work each day. 

The temps here are much colder than WAIS however.  We are at 9300 feet elevation (although the pressure altitude is often over 10,000).  Average temperatures here are about -30C (without wind of course), but it's been as cold as -47C (windchill in the -60's).

Here are a few fun pics from camp so far.  Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, Holidays to everyone...

Ice core in the drill barrel just after reaching the surface

Not bad Garmin....not bad...

The "Ceremonial South Pole"

Inspecting an ice core

Having some fun at the climbing/bouldering room here...

The sun never changes its angle in the sky over each day
It simply spins around

A little fun with photshop here....falling off the bottom of the world

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