Ice Cores from the Dry Valleys of Antarctica 2005
Karl Kreutz, Bruce Williamson, Mike Waskiewicz
Terry Gacke and Toby Burdet
October 10, 2004 to December 15, 2005

Jounral Entries: October 20th October 25th October 27th November 4th
November 9th November 19th November 22nd

November 11, 2005
Toby returned yesterday, and he and Karl immediately left on the same helicopter that brought him to the Clark to go and dig our last remote snowpit at the Rhone Glacier. Apparently, the Rhone was a very cold place to spend a day, so it was quite a welcome back for Toby! But he is healthy, and it is good to have our camp back to full capacity. And he brought goodies and movies from town. Life is good!
November 17, 2005
Clarck toe
toby with radar
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For the past few days, we have had sled dog work to do. But we have no dogs. So Toby and I have been harnessed to a sled which contains ground penetrating radar walking up and down the Clark Glacier testing the equipment. We use the radar to find the bedrock under the ice and by doing this find out how thick the ice is where we are drilling. This helps us to know how much time is captured in the ice we are drilling. Actually, we brought the radar mostly to test the depth on the Victoria Upper Glacier, as we already did a radar survey on the Clark in 2003, but it is good to have the extra data for the Clark as well, and now we know that the radar works and that we know how to run it. It's also good having Toby back, and we have once again settled into our earlier routines, with the exception that now we are also hosting one of the "artists in residence" for the United States Antarctic Program, bringing our camp to 6 members. The artist's name is Sara Andrews, and she writes mystery novels based on geology themes. We have tried to convince her to try to solve the mystery of the seal, but I don't think she is going that direction. She helped Toby and me with the radar, which was much appreciated, and has also made some great food. Sara will be with us for the next week or so, depending on helicopter availability and other factors. Drilling continues to move forward, and we are getting better core at this depth (about 150 meters) than we have been able to get before.

We also took an evening and went down to the toe of the glacier to see what the Wright Valley and the glacier cliff were like. To see the ice we have been on top of from the side is a powerful experience. We also heard pieces calving off of this face quite a bit. A good thing we weren't under them.

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