Grounded

A beautiful cloud study this morning.. Unfortunately those layered clouds mean high winds at altitude, and are a sure sign that there will be no flying today. For confirmation and also to introduce ourselves, we drove the 5 minutes to the airport to chat to one of the pilots, Ross, who agreed that there could …

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Team Players

The overseas contingent of our team arrived on Wednesday – Yulan Zhang and Xinsheng Gao from China, and Paul Mayefski and Daniel Dixon from the University of Maine (USA). We had a meeting at the Antarctica New Zealand office to discuss details of the radar surveys of the glaciers. Our two most favoured sites are …

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Going Down

The first stage – several weeks of preparation and amassing of equipment is over: Today the van, trailer and car were packed and ready to go. With Uwe Morgenstern, the science leader of the project in the car and myself in the van, we headed off for the Picton ferry and our first stopping point: …

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Ice Secrets interview on National Radio

Julian was interviewed by Jim Mora on National Radio this week. See details below: Ice secrets (duration: 9′ 21″ ) A team of international scientists is preparing to battle altitude, difficult terrain and freezing temperatures to discover the secrets of the past kept locked in ice in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3 …

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GNS Science School Glacier Expedition – Fox Glacier

This is our last glacier day of the trip. We visited the terminal face of the Fox Glacier, where we again made a short GPS survey, keeping about 10 metres in front of the ice. A large part of the ice front is high and unstable, making it a very hazardous to go near. Following …

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School Glacier Expedition – Franz Josef Glacier

We packed early, walked down to the road and drove up to Franz Josef for a look at the lower part of the glacier. Brian had two 4 metre ablation stakes which needed to be redrilled and inserted deeper in the ice. We also wanted to record the position of the terminus with the GPS. …

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