Antarctica

Derya on November 27th, 2010

The penguins continue to visit us on the ice. They are very confident, they walk right up to you and try to understand what you are. We usually work on a square grid of 100 x 100 meters, and the go from one corner of that square to another, visiting everyone and then going back […]

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Derya on November 27th, 2010

7 lives in SeaBed, that is. A couple of days ago when we were on our 6th station, SeaBED disappeared again. We had information that it had completed its mission, both from the acoustic communications and from how much time had elapsed since its beginning, but around the time it was supposed to come back […]

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Derya on November 22nd, 2010

My cabinmate Kerri said it best: “Today I felt like I got my butt kicked by Antarctica”. (Kerri is in special group of people on the JCR known as ‘the Canadians’, all of whom have significant sea ice experience.) To recap, we finished our work in the Weddell Sea and headed south into the Bellingshausen […]

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Derya on November 18th, 2010

Finally, we had two very boring days. On our third ice station, SeaBED got deployed AND recovered successfully two days in a row, the laser scanning, snow depth and ice thickness measurements were done with no major issues and the aerial scanning of the station was also carried out. Since the AUV had completed its […]

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Derya on November 15th, 2010

In the first meeting onboard JCR, Hanu had wished everyone a boring cruise. What he meant by this, of course, was that he hoped everything would go as planned and anticipated- so much that the routine daily operations would become boring. Hmmm… I could use a lot of adjectives to describe our first 7 days […]

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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 October 26th, 2010

A British vessel that earns an official warrant from the Queen can be designated an RRS – Royal Research Ship. We will conduct our research on RRS James Clark Ross and you will frequently see the cryptic acronym “RRS JCR” on this blog (read about other RRSs here). (This photo is from a gallery on […]

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