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January 12, 2005

Still in the Field

Well, I'm still here. Not that that's a bad thing. I was supposed to fly out yesterday afternoon, but we were pretty socked in when we woke up yesterday, and not much changed except that it snowed lightly off and on. We were still able to get our work done, which was nice. Last night, after two long days, we were all exhausted. Today I feel more rested.

It's still somewhat cloudy, but it's also sunny. The sun shines on large patches, brightening up the landscape and intensifying the colors (or lack thereof): bright white, steel grey, brown, light blue.

Today, I think a walk around the lake sampling is in order. Although my work is done. The rest are either sampling the soils in the wetted zone, or the wet zone surrounding the lake (see below), or looking for future sample sites. The group is primarily looking at the biology (and biological influences on the whole ecosystem) of these wetted zones.

[Photo: Mike Gooseff]

I taught the group how to use our GPS equipment to map out the shoreline and the extent of the wetted zone, and to mark their sample locations.

I'm scheduled out at 6 PM tonight--we'll see how that goes. Looks doubtful right now, but a lot can change.

Posted by beth at January 12, 2005 6:27 PM


Beth, how do you still look so attractive while doing field work in Antarctica?

Posted by: Richard Martin at January 16, 2005 4:42 PM

Beth et al.,

I took the cool mamma/kid seal picture, made it black and white and slightly colored their eyes... I think it came out pretty nifty!


Posted by: Michael Burton at January 17, 2005 8:56 PM