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February 1, 2012

Cruising down the West Antarctic Peninsula

by Kaycee Coleman

The 2nd of January I stepped onto the RV Lawrence M Gould for the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) cruise.  It was hard to leave Palmer Station behind but the cruise promised further adventure down the peninsula.  The science that we do on the LTER cruise is similar to the science we do here at […]

January 27, 2012

ru26d: The bear is in the igloo!

by David Aragon

Hi All ru26 The Bear is in the Igloo! The Glider was pick up this morning, in the middle of a large patch of ice but the recover all went well and it is now sat out side the boat shed awaiting collection. Cheers Tim (boatman) ru26d was recovered early in the morning, Saturday 1/21/2012 […]

January 20, 2012

ru26d : The Approach

by David Aragon

Avoiding ice, sea mounts, and uncertain conditions ru26d was sent onward to try and navigate all the way up to Rothera Station’s front door.  Luckily the winds did away with the ice.  However, ice still covered a deep route into Marguerite Bay, so we had to go the shallow route.  This happens to be the […]

January 19, 2012

Making the Run to Rothera (with a glider)

by David Aragon

ru26d (our deep glider outfitted with CTD, an oxygen sensor, and Fluorescence + Backcatter) was loitering outside the entrance to Marguerite Bay for almost 1.5 weeks.  We were waiting for the ice to clear enough to fly the glider all the way to the British Antarctic Survey’s base, Rothera Research Station.  For most of the […]

The Spirit of Sydney

December 16, 2011

Polar explorers: Amundsen and AUVs

by Travis Miles

The second half of November was a sunny, while not necessarily ice-free, contrast to the first. During the early part of November Low-pressure system after low-pressure system seemed to endlessly buffet our spit of land jutting out into Arthur Harbor. Winds whipped off the Marr Ice Piedmont cutting through the best of coats and relegating us […]

November 26, 2011

Stormy Days and Penguin Lays

by Kaycee Coleman

In early November we had a stretch of a week or so where the winds were gusting at least 50 knots.  Needless to say, we were not able to get out and sample that week.  At the beginning of all the bad weather, the Lawrence M. Gould (LMG) came into port to drop off supplies […]

November 2, 2011

Antarctican Birthday Sleding at Old Palmer

by Kaycee Coleman

Halloween was Kim Bernard’s birthday, and luckily the weather was nice enough that night to go recreational boating.  Palmer Station is situated in the middle of about a dozen islands, a few of which can be used for recreational use.  Most of the islands we are not allowed to visit because of the nesting animals […]

November 2, 2011

Iced in, the Palmer Station March of the Adelie Penguins

by Kaycee Coleman

The weather at Palmer Station has been against us this month.  In all of October we were only able to get out on the water to sample twice.  Between the sea ice and the high winds, we haven’t been able to leave station.  If the wind is above 20 knots we are not allowed to take […]

November 2, 2011

Across the Drake, a stop at COPACABANA, then onward to Palmer Station

by Kaycee Coleman

We’ve made it to Palmer Station, and while it is a bit icer and colder than last year most things are the same.  We’re set up in lab ten again, right next to the main entrace for easy access to the zodiacs.  It is also the biggest lab, so we have plenty of room to […]

March 8, 2011

The seasons are changing, ice climbing, and an Emperor penguin!

by Kaycee Coleman

The sunny clear days of December and January are rare now at Palmer.  We’ve had several bad weather days so far in February and March which hinder our ability to go out and collect water samples.  With high winds, rain, and occasionally snow, we’ve been stuck indoors.  One night the winds even gusted up to […]

January 12, 2011

Lost and alone in the fridged Antarctic sea

by Kaycee Coleman

These last few days have been hectic with several successes an one loss.  We’ll get the bad news over with then move onto the good.  Last night in an amazing feat, Matt and I finished preparing RU-21 to be deployed.  Dave Aragon, the glider technician at Rutgers, figured out our software glitch with help from […]

January 10, 2011

New additions to the Antarctic Robot family

by Kaycee Coleman

Sorry for the delay, we’ve been busy getting ready for the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) cruise on the Laurence M. Gould (LMG) for the month of January down the Antarctic Peninsula.  Travis and Garz left on the 7th to join Grace Saba and Oscar Schofield on the LMG.  We had to pack up a […]

November 25, 2010

Antarctic Tourism

by Kaycee Coleman

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Here at Palmer we have the privilege of having visitors in addition to the visits from the Laurence M. Gould.  There are about 8,000 tourist who visit the West Antarctic Peninsula, and out of those, 1,500 visit Palmer Station during the summer season.  Last week we were visited by the Lautoro, […]

November 14, 2010

Fun, farewells and friends

by Travis Miles

I’ve started and stopped this blog post a number of times now. It’s been a really difficult one to write. Antarctica is an amazing place, the beautiful mountains, vibrant life and the raw power of the weather and nature here are truly humbling. On a daily basis I see things I never imagined I’d witness. […]

October 27, 2010

Windy Sampling Efforts

by Kaycee Coleman

Our sampling efforts started off with a bang.  Travis described the storm we had to brave to get home during boating 2, but the weather still threatens our science.  We’ve only had a few opportunities to go out this October thus far, which seems to be a reoccurring theme over the last couple of years.  […]