Monthly Archives: January 2017

January 26: The Rothera Pitstop

Post written by VIMS graduate student John “Jack” Conroy. 1611 local time 69 35.99 S 75 37.01 W Early Saturday morning, we arrived at the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island. This marked the halfway point in our thirty days of research west of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Rothera pitstop has become … Continue reading “January 26: The Rothera Pitstop”

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January 25: A Full Week of Science

Post by the VIMS Palmer-LTER Research Team After dropping off the birders at Avian Island, we had a full week of science ahead of us. We traversed 100’s of kilometers to sample near the coast and offshore in the deeper regions of the peninsula. When we reach a predetermined station (i.e., sampling location), collaborating labs … Continue reading “January 25: A Full Week of Science”

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January 12-14: Ninnis Glacier

Post from VIMS graduate student Mar Arroyo. 12 – 14 Jan 2017 67° 40’ S, 146° 38’ E Ninnis Glacier After an exciting time at the Mertz Glacier, we have now sailed further east to the Ninnis Glacier and polynya for the next round of CTD stations. In fact, this voyage is the first ever … Continue reading “January 12-14: Ninnis Glacier”

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January 11: Sea Ice Sampling at the Mertz Glacier

Post from VIMS graduate student Mar Arroyo. 11 Jan 2017 65° 7’ S, 121° 19’ E Sea ice sampling at the Mertz Glacier One of the main marine science projects onboard this voyage is looking into the links between the iron and carbon cycles around East Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, led onboard by Dr. … Continue reading “January 11: Sea Ice Sampling at the Mertz Glacier”

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January 7-10: Mertz Glacier

Post from VIMS graduate student Mar Arroyo. 7 – 10 Jan 2017 66° 45’ S, 145° 51’ E Mertz Glacier After a few long days of CTDs in the Dalton Polynya, the thick ice surrounding the Totten Glacier was much too difficult to crush through. After abandoning efforts to reach the Totten, we’ve sailed north … Continue reading “January 7-10: Mertz Glacier”

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January 17 – On the Open Seas

Post from William & Mary undergraduate student Kharis Schrage When our research team set off from Palmer Station last week, I’d like to think the real research began. Our cruise has scientists from all over the United States studying a variety of topics, from marine mammals to hydrology, phytoplankton, and our team’s focus on zooplankton. Along with our … Continue reading “January 17 – On the Open Seas”

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January 5 – CTD Stations

Post by VIMS Graduate Student Mar Arroyo 1 – 5 Jan 2017 65° 7’ S, 121° 19’ E The CTD rosette is a large metal frame with mounted sensors for Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth (along with any additional sensors such as chlorophyll, oxygen, turbidity, etc). Around the edges are 24 heavy duty plastic Niskin bottles that … Continue reading “January 5 – CTD Stations” Continue reading

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January 6 – Preparing for science at Palmer Station, Antarctica

Post by VIMS Graduate Student Tricia Thibodeau After a successful crossing of the Drake Passage we finally arrived at the Antarctic Peninsula! We lucked out and had a very smooth crossing and the Drake Passage was jokingly referred to as the Drake Lake among everyone on the ship. Hopefully, we’ll receive the same seas on … Continue reading “January 6 – Preparing for science at Palmer Station, Antarctica” Continue reading

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Dec. 30 to Jan. 5 – Dalton Polynya and Totten Glacier (almost…)

Post by VIMS Graduate Student Mar Arroyo 30 Dec 2016 – 5 Jan 2017 65° 7’ S, 121° 19’ E Dalton Polynya and Totten Glacier (almost…) After leaving Casey research station, we’ve spent a few days steaming east in open water or crunching through sea ice to reach our next stop two stops: the Dalton … Continue reading “Dec. 30 to Jan. 5 – Dalton Polynya and Totten Glacier (almost…)” Continue reading

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January 1 – Ringing in the New Year

Post by VIMS Graduate Student Tricia Thibodeau To ring in the new year, we did a bingo night where people donate prizes and then we play a couple rounds of bingo to win them. Joe and I from the zooplankton lab won some rounds, yay! We won some soup, temporary tattoos, gum, and chapstick–the ultimate prize pack ;-). … Continue reading “January 1 – Ringing in the New Year” Continue reading

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