Monday, November 28, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Wish us luck our late arrivals should be showing up tomorrow on the Clipper Adventurer, but right now we are iced in and the captain does not like ice. This is the third time that these people will have crossed the Drake Passage. I hear that they have had mostly good rides.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Our day in a nutshell runs like this. We have been getting up at 530 to hit the gym and wake up, but more recently that has been a luxury that we could not afford. Then on to the lab at about 700 where we start organizing and processing samples left over from the day before. As sampling time gets closer we switch over into prepping to go out in the Zodiac, this would not seem to be that big of a deal but you have to remember everything you could possibly need, including cameras and some food. We head out to our first station about 1100 in the morning and collect out depth profile samples. This takes us about 2 hrs per station. Lately we have been only able to sample one station per day. Our scope is two extreme stations. One is called Station B and it is located within a quarter mile of Palmer Station. It is relatively shallow at a max depth of 65 meters. Station B supplies growth earlier in the season because of its deptha dn location. The other Station is E, located about 2 miles from Palmer. This stations unique aspect is its depth at 165 meters and more a continuously harsher wind pattern. Station E will bloom late in the season and will show different outcomes and activity. After sampling our stations we head back and Kerry starts her long day preparing samples. This process takes about four to six hours, filtering, basifying, acidifying, measuring, pouring, it goes on and on. During this period I get the equipment functioning and start preparing for samples from Kerry and start setting up my isotope experiments down in the RAD VAN. We are almost always still at it until about 2300. It all starts again the next morning at 0530. Well it is keeping us on our toes. That is for sure.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
George - I'm curious as to how Palmer station gets its power and how
Environmentally friendly it is.
This is an extremely good question. I had to ask about this because there are not any obvious signs around the station. We produce all of our power by diesel fuel. This is not an environmentally friendly form of power production but currently friendly forms of energy are not stable enough to sustain human life in Antarctica. I submitted that this was a very backward relationship. “We are down here to study how we can repair the damage that we have inflicted upon the earth while we are at the same time we are supplementing the problem.” I was told that our impact down here is extremely minimal. After a little thought it occurred to me that we are a small station of a maximum of 42 people living here in the summer. Plus all of the people here are extreme conversationalists that make every effort to use the minimum of electricity. I am also assured that the station does not use near the quantity of resources that the same number of people do on average in the US. This is due to the quality of structures, insulation and management of resource use.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
Oh ya, you have got to check out my gallery for the newest in photos and VIDEO, ya video. Check it out and tell me what you think.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Maybe something will happen soon.
Paty, The PI in charge of organizing everything down here is leaving on Tuesday of next week. She is not happy about not being able to start any real science.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Today started quite crazy like. We came into Palmer on the Friday of last week that was seven days ago and the ice was still here (check out photos at my gallery). That evening while the Gould was at the dock, and we were still staying on the boat, the wind picked up from the north and started blowing the ice out to sea. The next morning started to show more water and sparse ice, by the end of the day the ice had almost fully retreated, and by the next day all was clear. Now the bay remained clear for two days and yesterday all was calm and the ice rolled back in slowly but surely. This is not a good sign. Our science relies on cleared ice so we can traverse out to our stations, some of which are two miles away. So I woke up this morning and saw the ice is packed in even tighter. Now we are all hoping for a good sized storm. Today is my brothers birthday. Happy Birthday Geoff!
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
We have been setting up all of our equipment, organizing the lab and checking our methods to smooth out any issues over the last six days. This was all in preparation for gathering samples from two predetermined stations here outside of