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  • Archives: December, 2008

    Geophysics and softball

    Posted December 28th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Name: Logan Mitchell
    Date: Dec 28, 2008
    Location: WAIS Divide
    Time: 10pm
    Latitude: 79°28’1.2”S
    Longitude: 112°5’6.0”W
    Elevation: 1,759m
    Borehole depth: ~800m
    Temperature: -19.6° C
    Wind speed:  4.3 knots
    Visibility: Unrestricted
    Clouds: very few on the horizon
    Wind direction: 293° Grid
    Relative Humidity: 77%
    Barometric Pressure: 29.23 mm Hg
    Precipitation: None
    Animals: House Mouse (see below)
    Breakfast: Pizza, fresh salad (!), melon (My breakfast was last night’s
    dinner at 6pm yesterday)
    Lunch: Turkey sandwich with [...]

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    Christmas at WAIS

    Posted December 25th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: Dec 25, 2008
    Location: WAIS Divide Galley
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Latitude: 79°28’1.2”S
    Longitude: 112°5’6.0”W
    Elevation: 1,759 m
    Borehole depth: 700 m
    Temperature: -16 °C
    Wind speed: 2 knots
    Visibility: Unrestricted
    Wind direction: 040° Grid
    Barometric Pressure: 29.06 mm Hg
    Precipitation: None
    Animals: None except the dead ones we are eating.
    Christmas Eve dinner: Roast Duck Breast w/ Sweet Mandarin Comfit, Beef
    Tenderloin, Green beans, Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Cauliflower
    Breakfast: Leftovers [...]

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    Starting the night shift at WAIS

    Posted December 20th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: December 20, 2008
    Location: WAIS Divide
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Latitude: 79°28’1.2”S
    Longitude: 112°5’6.0”W
    Elevation: 1,759m
    Temperature: -26 °C (-15 °F)
    Wind speed: 8 knots
    Visibility: ~5 miles (8 km)
    Clouds: Overcast
    Wind direction: From the north
    Precipitation: Light snow
    Animals: None
    Breakfast: Fried grits, “fancy fruit” muffins
    Lunch: Pizza of many different varieties
    Supper: Flank steak, chicken and veggie noodle soup, baked potato
    wedges, pastry with fruit, chocolate cupcakes
    Hi there [...]

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    Logan, frisbee, Antarctica

    Posted December 18th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu
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    Posted December 18th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: December 18, 2008
    Today is snowpit digging day! A group of 4 core handlers (including me) and 5 camp staff went out to dig a backlit snowpit. A backlit snowpit is actually two snowpits dug right next to each other with a ~2’ wall between them. Then, you climb in one of the pits and [...]

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    On clathrate ice, and some general Antarctic statistics

    Posted December 17th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: December 17, 2008
    Location: WAIS Field Camp (Science Rac Tent)
    Time: 11:00pm
    Latitude: 79°28’1.2”S
    Longitude: 112°5’6.0”W
    Elevation: 1,759m
    Temperature: -23.9°C
    Wind speed: 3 knots
    Visibility: Unrestricted
    Wind direction: 319°
    Relative Humidity: 77%
    Precipitation: None
    Animals: None
    Breakfast: frittata & Finnish coffee cake.
    Lunch: Chicken breast, lentil soup, fresh baked bread, wild rice, and
    chocolate birthday cake.
    Supper: Seafood scampi (mussels & shrimp), orzo pilaf, mixed vegetables,
    and crème brûlée.
    Today was [...]

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    Google Earth map of Logan’s journey, c/o Pat Mitchell

    Posted December 12th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Logan’s father, Pat, sent us this Google Earth map of Logan’s travels (We added the white lines between the arrows). Logan sent Pat his GPS coordinates on the ice sheet, and Pat fired up Google Earth to create the map – it gives some spatial perspective to Logan’s journey, which, in Pat’s words, “is further [...]

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    Finally inside the Arctic Oven, and the coring crew assembled

    Posted December 10th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: 12-9-2008
    Location: WAIS Divide, Antarctica
    Time: 11 pm
    Latitude: 79°28’1.2”S
    Longitude: 112°5’6.0”W
    Elevation: 1,759m
    Animals: Arctic Turn or Snow Petrol
    Breakfast: Eggs and hashbrowns
    Lunch: Cheese sandwiches w/ calmative olives
    Supper: Ribs, vegetables, and Thai fish soup.
    I woke up to another perfect weather day. There was no wind to speak of and bluebird skies all day long. In the morning Marie, Susanne and [...]

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    Three weeks from Portand to WAIS

    Posted December 8th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Date: 12-8-2008
    Location: WAIS Divide, Antarctica
    Time: 11 pm
    Latitude: 79°28’1.2”S
    Longitude: 112°5’6.0”W
    Elevation: 1,759m
    Latitude: 79’°S
    Longitude: 112.085°W
    Elevation: 1,759m
    Breakfast: Skipped
    Lunch: Meatloaf, lentil loaf, mashed potatoes, and turkey sandwich.
    Supper: Trail mix on a plane & an apple.
    Timeline:
    5:30 PM – Check in and take a shuttle out to Willy’s Airfield.
    6:00 PM – Board plane.
    6:30 PM – Take off.
    6:40 PM – Loadmaster (the guy [...]

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    Made it to WAIS Divide!

    Posted December 8th, 2008 by celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

    Just wanted to let you know that I made it to WAIS safe and sound.  The weather and food here are fantastic.  Its hard to believe that I’m on top of an ice sheet in the middle of Antarctica.  It still boggles my mind, even though I’ve been thinking about it for so many months. [...]

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