Falkland Islands

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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Derya on October 31st, 2010

The flight from the UK to Ascension Island was 8 hours, and if you thought food served on a commercial airline is bad, imagine what it might be like for a British-ministry-of-defense-contractor airline. Plain water was only served on request as the standard was orange or pink colored “juice”, similar to Tang or Capri Sun […]

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Derya on October 25th, 2010

When I first joined the PhD program, all the members of my lab had been to the Arctic already. I remember asking “but how does one get to the Arctic?” I just had never thought about how you would go to the end of the world. According to this Wikipedia article, 30 countries (which include […]

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Derya on October 24th, 2010

I quickly gathered a few statistics from various sources online about the places we will be at. Looks like if the two outliers Izmir and Ascension Island are dropped, there is a pattern….

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Derya on October 24th, 2010

I won’t be able to receive incoming calls while on JCR, probably with the exception of an emergency, but will be able to call out using a calling card, as if I were calling from the UK. I prepared this chart so when indeed I do have the time to call my dad or Elron, […]

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