Derya on December 13th, 2010

Leaving the JCR after an extended cruise was a sad time for all of us; on the 11th, we said our goodbyes and headed to the Stanley airport. For those of us traveling to both Europe and North America, there was still a long journey before reaching home.  We first flew into Punta Arenas, Chile, […]

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Derya on December 9th, 2010

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Derya on December 1st, 2010

We have been informed today that the Dash-7 flights we were looking forward to, that would take us out of Rothera and into Punta Arenas, Chile, then to home, have been canceled. The airplane needs a part which is being brought over from Canada by a mechanic, and the whole process to make it fly […]

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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 October 30th, 2010

As a part of our transit, we had a day to spend in London. My last visit was in 1994, and as a 13-year old I don’t recall thinking it was a particularly fun place. This time around I had the chance to explore the Westminster area, rode the “London Eye” – the ferris wheel […]

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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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