Category Archives: Antarctica

PAL-LTER Video – Jack Conroy

VIMS graduate student Jack Conroy created this short video showing the beautiful scenes the VIMS PAL-LTER Antarctic research team experienced during their trip earlier this year. You can also see how the team captured and measured samples of various sea creatures including krill and pteropods.

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February 8: Coming to a Close

Blog post by William & Mary undergraduate student Kharis Schrage. When Jack left off last week, I was the murderer in our ship-wide game. I was on the night shift, but there were people I had to kill off at dinner, so I woke up to kill them, but then at 11:30 pm I was … Continue reading “February 8: Coming to a Close”

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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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February 1: Charcot Island

Post from VIMS graduate student John “Jack” Conroy. Wednesday, 1 February 2017 2305 local time 64 30.81 S 66 04.56 W This is the 25th year of Palmer Antarctic Long-Term Ecological Research (Pal LTER), but the far southern region of our study area has only been included within the past decade. There had been Adelie … Continue reading “February 1: Charcot Island”

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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 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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