We Blogged It!
69° 14'S, 111° 41'W
The team continues its transit toward the Amundsen. In Tish’s words, “we’ve still got a ways to go…” Looking at the maps and charts, it doesn’t look like at lot of distance to travel, but it is!
Povl has put together a nice image for us using the microwave sea ice data, the current ice track, and the position of the moorings they hope to collect. There are also some large-scale images that give an overview of the cruise area.
Last night Crab Team ecologist Stephanie Vos stepped up to the plate and delivered a nice personal reflection on her voyage. She writes:
“Well considering my family is following the blog, I thought I should make it a priority to contribute! I'm a first year graduate student who is part of the benthic crab team. We have finished our sampling on this ship so I'm one of the lucky ones who get to sit back and just cruise along for a while.
I must say that the experience on this ship has been wonderful. The Captain and crew are so supportive of our science and very friendly in our downtime! We hit ice a few days ago and have been trucking through it. Sometimes when we are downstairs eating we will hit a thick piece of ice and the sound of it makes you stop in mid bite!
Several people have seen penguins and seals out on the ice. I haven't been that fortunate yet but I have seen penguins porpoising through the water. The ice is still beautiful though so I'm just counting my blessings that I have this opportunity to see Antarctica.
Thank you friends and family for your continued support and if I keep enjoying it this much I may not come back ☺ Steph”
Thanks Steph…I know the feeling!
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.