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Team ASPIRE moved onboard the Palmer on Thanksgiving Day and was very busy getting cargo onboard and ready for the voyage. According to Tish, the past 48 hours were a “whirlwind” of activity. She also adds that a meeting with the captain has given her a good sense that everyone will work effectively as a team to succeed in their science objectives.
However, the significance of the day was not lost. The crew and science team enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal at lunch, complete with turkey and cranberry sauce. Later that evening, the entire science team had their last meal “on land” for awhile – a traditional Chilean seafood meal that included local king crab, abalone, and conger eel.
On Friday, the NBP will navigate the Straits of Magellan on its way to the Southern Ocean. This channel at the southern tip of South America is about 600 km (370m) long and 3-35km (1.9-22mi) wide at its narrowest and widest parts. Look on the attached map for the small opening leading to the Atlantic!
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Question of the Day
- What are Polynyas and why are they important to study?
Polynyas, are recurring areas of seasonally open water surrounded by ice.
Energy and material transfer between the atmosphere, polar surface ocean, and the deep sea in polynas provide polar ecosystems with just the right ingredients needed for high productivity and intense biogeochemical recycling.
Polynyas may be the key to understanding the future of Polar Regions since their extent is expected to increase with anthropogenic warming.