Derya on November 12th, 2010

Last night we all went to bed feeling sad for leaving our AUV in the freezing cold waters of the Antarctic, under thick blocks of ice. We had a rough idea of its position; its last reliable location was known and an avalanche beacon helped range to it but pretty much all other communications were […]

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Derya on November 12th, 2010

Not having accomplished a real science mission yesterday, our day started at 7 AM today with plans to test our equipment on the deck and then go out on the ice as early as possible. There are different tasks that need to be carried out on the ice (and to be repeated everyday at each […]

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Derya on November 10th, 2010

In terms of science, a data-free day is not a good day. Well, that’s what we had today. Lots of work, lots of hours, lots of tests, but no results.

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Derya on November 9th, 2010

There was a small scale panic among us this afternoon – we spotted our first iceberg! The fine white line in the horizon grew bigger and bigger as we got close to it, and for those of us who were seeing an iceberg for the first time, it was quite fascinating. Only a half hour later, all sizes […]

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Derya on November 8th, 2010

Finally, our first team photo! Till took this towards the end of our first day on the JCR, while still at port in Stanley. Clearly some of us were having a better time than others. Our AUV SeaBED was shipped ahead of us, in two very large boxes. We finally had access to those boxes after boarding the […]

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Derya on November 7th, 2010

We boarded the JCR on the morning of Friday, November 5th, and left port this morning around 7 AM. Our first science station is 3.5-4 days away (the JCR cruises at around 12 knots). Therefore our 7-day layover at the Falkland Islands is over (Stanley only,really,  since we didn’t go to “camp” and get a chance to see more […]

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Derya on November 3rd, 2010

Learning to play golf was not really among the exciting experiences I anticipated getting out of this Antarctica trip. But with our 6-day wait at Stanley, clear skies and good company, it just happened to be one of the things we felt we should do while we are here.  The course here in Stanley is […]

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Derya on November 2nd, 2010

Most of us were looking forward to a 2.5 hour ride to visit a penguin colony today. We contacted the people who could take us there and they wanted a hefty 80 pounds per person (Falkland pounds are the same value as UK pounds), and an additional fee for the farmer who owns the land […]

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