Monthly Archives: January 2016

Mawson Glacier: beautiful and balmy

Rocks: collected (300 kg). Weather: warm (-3 to +5 °C). Incidents: sprained ankle, thawing camp site, moisturiser mistaken for toothpaste, poor facial hair growth. The aim of our expedition was simple – to collect rocks deposited by Mawson Glacier as it … Continue reading

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Training and preparation for Antarctic field work

Soon after arriving at Scott Base, we had dinner and were briefed about the base. The next few days involved long (12-14 hour) days of Antarctic Field Training (AFT), as well as science and camp preparation. This started with an … Continue reading

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Two days later and I’m back in the hotel in Christchurch. On day 1 we were scheduled to leave on the 4th flight of the day, but our departure got delayed several times until it was postponed to the following … Continue reading

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Back to the Ice

Although summer has only just begun (for those in the Southern Hemisphere, anyway), I’m now off to the cold desert climate of Antarctica on a new expedition. The purpose: to better understand how Antarctica’s glaciers respond to changes in climate. … Continue reading

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