Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Snowblowing at WAIS

Hi again from WAIS Divide, Antarctica. Not much new to report on the science front other than drilling may start today! The drillers and Ice Core Lab reps just have a few software patches to install, and we can begin.

On the side, I completely finished sampling the snowpit and have entered all the data. This is a nice weight off my back as it is always stressful hoping bad weather doesn't drift in the pits. Now it can drift in all it wants.

The heavy machine operators cleared out the tertiary door for the drilling arch using the pisten-bully with the giant snowblower attachment (Zogg?). It's really amazing to watch it go. The snow it shoots out looks all fluffy and light, but it really is fully of icy, dense chunks. You wouldn't want to be under it...that's for sure.

That's it for now.

Loving life...but missing home


1 comment:

Collin McMullen said...

Dude you don't know me at all, but I enjoy following your adventures. I was just thinking about you today and hope you had a good Christmas and have a good new year down there.

Atlanta, GA