Derya on December 7th, 2010

My 12 year old cousin Elif posted a comment the other day asking me how many species of penguins there were and which one I liked the best. So far we have seen three species: Emperor, Chinstrap and Adelie. Out of these that I have seen with my own eyes, I like the Emperors the […]

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Derya on December 3rd, 2010

Yesterday and today we were able to get go ashore and walk around Rothera for a change. We visited the base’s library, computer room, bar and its cafeteria. There was a nice timeline of the photos of the Rothera over-winterers since the 70s, and very interesting photos of the first explorers roughly 100 years ago […]

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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 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 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 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 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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