Arctic Antarctica

Expedition: Western Ross Sea

23 January 2015 - 20 March 2015 Ross Sea


9 February 2015 | Sarah Greenwood

After the first week or so, when objectives, locations, methods deployed, not to mention sleep patterns, were in a state of constant change, we’ve now settled into a phase of steady geophysics survey.

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Time travel pt 2

1 February 2015

Travelled a little too far it would seem: back to an internet-less World. We’ve entered the absolute epicentre of a satellite no-coverage zone, stuck between the Americas and Asia-Pacific, and we’re set to be here for some time.

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Time travel

28 January 2015 | Sarah Greenwood

Travelled East, and woke up in yesterday. We’re in the Eastern Ross Sea, one of the westernmost parts of the World: we just crossed the 180 longitude line, and therefore the International Date Line.

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Next stop: Hobart

25 January 2015 | Sarah Greenwood

We’ve been at sea for two days now. At sea and at science: we turned the multibeam on as soon as we had got through the sea ice around McMurdo and had open water beneath us – a couple of hours after the crew hauled in the ropes at the station. We're collecting data!

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21 January 2015 | Sarah Greenwood

We made it! Boomerang bags were not needed, though it was apparently a close call. We landed on McMurdo Ice Shelf (a tongue of floating ice, a couple of hundred metres' thick over nearly a kilometre of water to the ocean floor) in snowfall and pretty sketchy visibility.

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The waiting game...

18 January 2015 | Sarah Greenwood

We should have flown to McMurdo today. Instead: another baking hot summer’s day in Christchurch. Our shuttle to the US Antarctic Program base out at the airport was due to pick us up at 6.15 this morning... then it was 8.15... 11... “I’m sorry, you won’t be flying today”.

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