Thursday, November 27, 2014

It’s time to go to the field …

Yesterday, thanks to the hard work of Jean-Louis and Morgane, the Eclipse Drill passed the test and was installed on the sledge:  everything is now ready to go to the field. The schedule of the next weeks is the following: after crossing the Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf for about 200 km, which should pass slightly more than 20 hours, we will arrive on Derwael Ice Rise, where we will set up the first Camp! Brice and Frank will first of all deploy the radar to make the first measurements of ice thickness and ice layers, which will facilitate exact positioning of the first drill site. We will spend 1 week at this camp (we plan to drill two holes and cover the area with pRES measurements). The next two weeks will be dedicated to the setup of the 2 GPSs (follow @tweetiniceshelf, funded by “les 10Km de l’ULB”) on the Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf. On the same site, we will also perform many radar measurements, drill a deep ice core (155 meters), and conduct CTD (conductivity-temperature-depth) measurements under the ice shelf. Finally, we will revisit the GPS points that were installed by Reinhard and Nicolas last year.  

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