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A joint Brazilian-Chilean-USA expedition at Detroit Plateau Antarctic Peninsula
Glaciological and Atmospheric Studies

November 2007

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Date: November 16, 2007
Location: Esqudero Base, King George Island, Antarctica
Longitude: 58 degrees, 56 minutes, West
Latitude: 62 degrees, 12 minutes, South
Temperature: -8°C ( 17.6°F)
Elevation: not given
By: Andrei K.

Today at 9 am we left Punta Arenas on a Brazilian C–130 and two hours later we landed at the Chilean Frei base on King George Island. One striking thing about this place is a number of bases or research stations located in close proximity to each other. Next to Chilean Frei base is the Russian Bellingshausen base and Chilean research base Esqudero. We had several members of the Korean Expedition in our flight that had to travel to their base. There is also a Chinese base and several other countries have a presence as well.

We were invited for lunch at the Frei base because we are only starting to getting cold water in our buildings. It took only one day for the personal of Esqudero base with some help from our advance party to start the generators and get water in our kitchen module. We made some progress with the expedition planning, gear transport and the installation of the freezer module for ice core storage.

Tomorrow, we are planning to cook breakfast in our kitchen module; the first since it was stored for the winter last year.  We will keep working on snow removal so that we can get to all the doors and to begin installing our freezer.

Our expedition food needs to be sorted and packed as well.  We need to be ready for a Twin Otter flight to the Detroit Plateau in case the weather improves.

Date: November 17, 2007
Location: Esqudero Base, King George Island, Antarctica
Longitude: 58 degrees, 56 minutes, West
Latitude: 62 degrees, 12 minutes, South
Written by: Andrei K.

We had a bad weather day and spend most of it working on the computer or sorting our personal gear.

Date: November 18, 2007
Location: Esqudero Base, King George Island, Antarctica
Longitude: 58 degrees, 56 minutes, West
Latitude: 62 degrees, 12 minutes, South
Written by: Andrei K.

Ricardo and Andrei began clearing snow to install the portable freezer module that the Brazilian team brought to store our ice cores.
Luiz Fernando, Alexandre Alencar, Marcelo, Heber and Francisco were packing gear.

Date: November 19, 2007
Location: Esqudero Base, King George Island, Antarctica
Longitude: 58 degrees, 56 minutes, West
Latitude: 62 degrees, 12 minutes, South
Written by: Andrei K.

Ricardo and Andrei finished clearing the remaining of the snow to install the portable freezer. Luiz Fernando, and Alexandre Alencar were moving freezer parts and later we all assembled this freezer.

 

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