|Initial hook up of the day to the skyTEM array|
|Liftoff of the array coordinated via the ground handlers|
|A look at the camp from the ice|
|A good scale perspective of the size of the array|
|Beautiful ice fracture patterns in the lake ice|
One of the best parts of the day was being able to explore the surround area of the camp while the helicopter was flying its tracks through the upper valley. Many areas are controlled and restricted in order to preserve the untouched environment of Antarctica, however there are some established paths and the lake ice is solid providing access to some spectacular scenery.
|The mummified remains of a seal that became VERY lost and off track. There are quite a few in these valleys.|
|Reflections on thin ice|
|A broad shot of the Canada Glacier on the west side of the lake|
|Looking across the ice at the massive glacier|
|The terminus of the Canada Glacier--about a 200' wall of ice|
|About a 2 mile each way hike on ice for a picture. Well worth it.|
|Boulders that are carried along and deposited as the glacier melts|
|A nice airborne shot for a side perspective|
Again, while photos look amazing, they hardly express the stark beauty of these valleys. I headed back from this hike to meet the helicopter and take care of that business.
|A nice advert for North Face...|
|Inbound with skyTEM|
|Final recovery of the day|
|Gentle placement on terra firma is key|
|Shut down and debrief time|
As we said earlier the flying went extremely well. The pilots got the hang of the operation quickly and performed flawlessly. The project has been extremely happy with the work thus far and are very excited based on the pace of operations to be able to collect a large amount of data in hopes of mapping some of the critical features around here in order to better understand the ecosystem, potentially open doors for new studies and answer some questions posed by previous projects.
That's about all for now. Just this last week left down here before I head home for the holidays. I can't wait to head north. Plenty to do this week. Penguins, PIGs and more later this week. Stay tuned!
|View of tabular icebergs embedded in the sea ice en route home.|