4 July 2009

Saturday nights at NEEM

Some of today?s cooks.

Some of today’s cooks.

Saturday nights at ice drilling camps in Greenland have a long tradition reaching back to the Dye-3, Summit, and NGRIP drillings. Although the NEEM camp has only existed for a couple of years, we already have a reputation for being one of the hottest places to spend Saturday night on the entire Greenland ice sheet. This Saturday is no exception. A highly artistic ice bar was laid out in front of main dome where we had warm Glühwein before enjoying an exceptional meal prepared by our Mediterranean participants. Later we may enjoy some music.


‘The Lost Penguin’

What we have done today:

  1. Drilling with the NEEM long drill: 19.45 m. Drillers depth: 880.00 m.
  2. Logging brittle zone ice. Final depth: 583.00 m.
  3. Ice core processing: 14.85 m. Depth: 565.40 m.
  4. CFA analysis: 17.05 m. Depth: 248.05 m.
  5. Intensive preparations for NEEM Saturday night.

Ad.1: Drillers Report July 3: ‘Thirty metres of ice core was recovered today in the drill trench and we finished at 860.08 m depth. Maintenance was carried out on the drill fluid transfer and mixing pump which decided to stop.’

Ad. 5. - Timothy and Nerys finished highly artistic ice bar ‘The Lost Penguin’. - German experts prepared tasty Glühwein. Taste was perfected by a Friday night test run. - A French-Italian-Ecuadorian-British crew prepared a 3-course haute cuisine dinner. - Jeppe repaired broken compressor and hooked it up to the draft beer machine for faster tapping.

Weather: Rather windy morning with 18 knots from S. Later wind decreased to a level more suitable for an ice bar around 9 knots. Temperatures from -9 to -16 deg C.

FL, Anders Svensson


Group photo in front of ice bar ‘The Lost Penguin’.

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