10 June 2010

Sepp’s birthday celebrated in a camp where things are going fine

The Sepp birthday parade. Sepp is sitting to the right on the couch wearing a crown and a broom scepter.

We celebrated Sepp’s birthday after dinner, by having a birthday parade while singing songs, and afterwards we went in for ice cream and cake prepared by our cooks, Sarah and Louise.

On the group picture from yesterday, I failed to mention, that we were missing six of our bravest camp members, that were either sleeping, because they are on night shift, or on duty.  On Saturday, when everybody is off, we will make a picture with everyone in camp.

In the processing, we have encountered a volcanic layer, which looks very much like the one found at NGRIP in 2400.68 m depth. It has the age of 58180 b2k (b2k means before year AD 2000). Here at NEEM it is found at 1941.25 m depth.

What we have done today:
1. Drilling and logging.
2. Processed ice cores: 44 bags, from 3502 to 3545.
3. Measuring CFA. Measured 19.8 m. CFA depth: 1587.85 m.
4. Working on skiway with beam groomer.
5. Removing snow drifts around main dome.

Ad.1: Drillers report:
Drilling is in a stable mode. Today we made 6 good runs with full chip recovery. 5 runs out of 6 yielded cores of more then 3.35 m.
Driller’s depth 2011.03 meters.  Logging depth: 2026.20 m

Ad.3: Discrete isotope samples are now taken from the scrapings from microtoming and measurements are made in the gas and isotope lab. The Phosphate measurement in CFA is now setup and work is in progress to solve some issues.

Weather: Overcast with few sunny patches. Temp. - 12 °C  to - 7 °C , calm to 10 knots from southerly directions. Visibility: Unrestricted.

FL, J.P. Steffensen

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