Category Archives: Shadwick 2016

January 21: Land!

Post from VIMS graduate student Mar Arroyo. 21 Jan 2017 42° 88’ S, 147° 32’ E Land! We have finally reached port in Hobart, Tasmania! We were greeted by blue skies, white clouds, and green hills. The first feel of dry land is weird underneath my feet after spending the last 45 days with a constant … Continue reading “January 21: Land!”

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January 14-18: SR03 and King Neptune

Post from VIMS graduate student Mar Arroyo. 14 – 18  Jan 2017 65° 20’ S, 139° 49’ E SR03 and King Neptune CTD stations in the Ninnis Polynya are finished! Now, we’ve steamed north to begin the final stretch of marine science: CTD stations along the WOCE line SR03. Steaming north means that we will … Continue reading “January 14-18: SR03 and King Neptune”

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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 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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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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December 27: Christmas

Post by VIMS graduate student Mar Arroyo. 27 Dec 2016 22:07 – 65° 19’ S, 109° 5’ E Merry Christmas! When is the best time to celebrate Christmas, if not Dec 25th? Two days later on a ship stuck in the ice! The voyage leaders and watercraft operators were working hard to finish off the final … Continue reading “December 27: Christmas” Continue reading

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Dec 22: Casey Station

Post by VIMS graduate student Mar Arroyo. 17 – 22 Dec 2016 (66° 17’S, 110° 32’E) Land ho! We reached Casey research station for the refuel and resupply effort. The Aurora is anchored in Newcombe Bay, and passengers are taken to land in inflatable rubber boats (IRBs). Casey is home to roughly 100 people in summer … Continue reading “Dec 22: Casey Station” Continue reading

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Dec 09: Getting Underway!

Post by VIMS graduate student Mar Arroyo. Date: 09 Dec 2016 Time: 23:03 Location: 47° 10’ S, 144° 22’ E Hello there! I’ve officially set sail on the RV Aurora Australis, a bright orange ice breaker. This ship is massive, at 311 feet in length and a capacity to hold 116 passengers. There are about 50 expedition participants, and … Continue reading “Dec 09: Getting Underway!” Continue reading

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