15 July 2010

More wind, more snow, much more ice core, and a birthday

In spite of the heavy snowfall the productivity in camp was very high
A lot of drifting snow in camp today.

Today the snow storm increased and we had wind speeds of up to 28 knots and drifting snow in 5 m height. Meter high snow dunes have formed around major constructions and as there is almost no contrast people are tumbling their way on the short pathway between the Dome and the trenches. The wind appears to be decreasing in the evening.

The good drill mode from yesterday evening has indeed continued with 7 runs retrieving cores of 3.2-3.5 m length and a daily production of incredible 23.71 m - the highest daily productions of this season!

Considering the warm temperatures at the base of the borehole (probably around -5°C) and the troublesome experiences from NGRIP and other drill sites with warm basal ice, the drilling development over the last 24 h is amazing. Bedrock may now be some 65 m away only. 

Kenji preparing a special NEEM drinks
after dinner

Furthermore, it was Kenji’s 40 years birthday today, which was celebrated with a tasty Asian inspired dinner, special ‘Japanese flag’ and ‘sushi’ cakes, intercontinental singing, and NEEM drinks. 

Drilling: 23.71 m, drillers depth: 2462.29 m 
Logging: 23.79 m, loggers depth: 2478.23 m
Processing: bag 1528-1572 (24.75 m) 864.60 m
CFA: bag 3898-3941 (24.20 m), CFA depth 2167.55 m


What we have done today:
1. Drilling and core logging ice.
2. Processed Holocene brittle ice.
3. CFA measurements.
4. Removing drift snow from the small elevator in
  the science trench.
5. Celebrating Kenji’s 40 year birthday.

Weather: A very windy day with fresh snow, snow drift, and low contrast. Wind speed was up to 28 knots from SW during daytime. Temperatures have been dropping from -3°C to -7°C during the last 24h. Wind speed is decreasing and pressure is rising at 12pm.

FL’s Dorthe Dahl-Jensen and Anders Svensson

Hello, is there anybody in there? Party ice with bubbles in the drinks.

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