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Penguin at Rothera

November 17, 2010

The team is still waiting at Rothera for weather to clear up. In the meantime, Jenn’s roommate at base shares a photo of the lone Emperor Penguin that waddled up toward Rothera yesterday.

A lone emporer penguin visits Rothera Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. Photo courtesy Erica Di Lena



Still waiting

November 16, 2010

Martin writes:

When I was thinking about the timing on this trip to the Peninsula, I imagined us sitting in the Rothera bar by this time, telling tall tales about the big snow pit we had dug. With every beer the pit would get a bit deeper, and the weather a bit nastier, but us Antarctic explorers prevailed, rescuing the AMIGOS and pushing the frontiers of science by another nanometer.

Instead we are still waiting to get off the ground. The daily routine is pretty repetitive. Ted gets up in the morning and looks out the window. “It looks a bit better today”. That means you can see the next building now. Full of hope for what this day will bring we drag ourselves to breakfast. Ted sometimes joins the morning weather briefing, where decisions about the day’s flights are made. I see him come into the breakfast room with the look of a rejected suitor, and no more questions need to be asked.

The rest of the day we spent in our office room catching up with things left unfinished before leaving on the trip south. Ted obsessively downloads weather forecast maps: “Look, there is a weather window of 2.3 hours on December 23. I’m sure we’ll make it.”

Jenn is trying to be productive and make the best of the situation. She regularly talks to school kids back home, so she decided to go around and figure out what various people do on base. She got us a guided tour to the marine lab yesterday, which was pretty cool. They have an aquarium with a variety of sea spiders, clams, sea stars, etc. Mostly they look at the impact of climate change, and how these guys react to warming water. They have nice laboratory facilities for dissecting, cooking or whatever else biologists subject their critters to. The most amazing thing though is that they have a regular year-round diving program, which comes with its special challenges in the icy water.

Yesterday we had a visitor. A lonely Emperor Penguin showed up. It’s the largest of the penguins, and they don’t usually make it to Rothera. Apparently they get one or two a year, so people are excited. Penguins are just always a lot of fun to watch.

A lone Emperor Penguin pays a visit to Rothera Station. Photo courtesy Martin Truffer.


The wild wild west

January 21, 2010

Ted writes:

We’ve been on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula for about a week now, and we’re all very impressed with the scenery and the wild life. These pictures were acquired by the science staff of the LARISSA cruise in the past week.

Martin Truffer is an associate professor at the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute

Eugene Domack is the Chief Scientist of the Larissa Cruise, a professor at Hamilton College

David Honig is a graduate student in Marine Ecosystems at Duke University

Ronald Ross is a electronics consultant for the LARISSA Glaciology program

Erin Pettit is an assistant professor at the Department of Geosciences, University of Alaska

Sun Mi Jeong is a graduate student at the Korean Institute for Polar Research

Mike McCormick is a professor at Hamilton College

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