Field Update: Jan. 17, 2011

I woke to find Oden unloading cargo at the ice pier just in front of my dorm.

The Nathaniel B. Palmer is sitting offshore waiting for its turn at the dock.

Up close, Oden looks very impressive with its broad bow for breaking ice.

The NBP is further away, so it’s hard to judge its size. You could almost walk out to her, but with the condition of the sea ice, I wouldn’t advise it!

I walk along the waterfront past the water plant and Air National Guard warehouse towards Crary Lab, located across the bridge and over the stairs.

I laugh when I see how the bridge is labeled – Tourist Pedestrian Bridge – only in McMurdo would you find this sort of attention to detail and function.

I take a last look at the NBP across McMurdo Sound and then I go to work. It’s another good day in Antarctica. The ANDRILL oceanography team, Dick Limeburner, Will Ostrom and Craig Stewart, are flying out to the camp today to begin to pick up one of the oceanographic moorings that has been hanging through the ice shelf for the past two months. The ANDRILL hot water drill system is currently melting a hole around the mooring cable and should be all the way through the ice shelf by the time that the oceanography team gets there this afternoon. You can think back two months to remember the players – Dick, Craig and Will, but you have to play the movie in reverse since we’re picking up rather than deploying the mooring. Anyway, they’re now all ready to get on with the work at hand – harnesses and all!

As I send this I’ve just learned that the first mooring has been recovered and is out of the ice – congratulations to the team for this new accomplishment!

One more mooring to recover and then we’ll start preparing for the traverse back to McMurdo with all of the ANDRILL kit. The days are going fast!!

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