Category Archives: Antarctica

Cape Roberts: waves and wildlife

Our work at Mawson Glacier was complete, but we still needed to be pulled out of the field. The trip back to Scott Base was broken up with an overnight stay at Cape Roberts, which provided an enjoyable change of … Continue reading

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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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Boomerang’d

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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Research shows reality of runaway ice loss in Antarctica

It has been nearly two years since my expedition to Mackay Glacier in the Transantarctic Mountains. Following a lot of lab work, data processing, numerical modelling and manuscript writing, the results have now been published! To quote Victoria University of … Continue reading

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Camp gossip

Having recently returned from the field, I thought I’d share some goings on from camping in Antarctica. Each of our camps were set-up the same. We had our main Polar Pyramid tent (for communal morning and evening cooking and warmth), … Continue reading

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