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

November 2007

Date: November 20, 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 was getting his GPS equipment ready, Luiz Fernando, and Alexandre Alencar finished testing our newly build freezer.  It works great and holds -20 C Temperature without any problems.
Marcelo, Heber and Francisco were packing gear.

Date: November 21, 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 spent the day in the cargo storage area helping to finish the separation of cargo for each of the four planned flights.

Date: November 22, 2007 (Thanksgiving Day in the USA)
Location: Esqudero Base, King George Island – Detroit Plateau, Antarctic Peninsula
Written by: Andrei K.

Today, we woke up at 3 am and after a short packing session were taken by small truck to the Frei air force base. We helped to load our first flight but just before the airplane was ready to go, the mechanics detected some minor problems with the ski mechanisms, so everything was canceled until lunch time.

At noon, our first group made of Francisco Aquino and Marcelo Arevalo, left with a lot of food, safety and cooking gear. The Twin Otter Came came back after 2 and a half hours and we immediately loaded the gear selected for our second flight. On that flight we had Jefferson Simões, Heber Passos, and myself plus more food and some weather station parts. Our third flight was mainly science cargo and fuel. The fourth and last flight came really late, around 9.30  pm and the rest of the team came with it: Ricardo Jaña, Luiz Fernando, and AlexandreAlencar.

While we were waiting for our flights, we moved everything into cargo lines and marked it with bamboo poles. We also setup the kitchen tent, four Scott tents for people and one tent for the bath.
At the end of the day we had hot drinks and went to bed at midnight quite tired.

Date: November 23, 2007
Location: Detroit Plateau, Antarctic Peninsula
Latitude: 64° 5’ 11” South,
Longitude: 59°: 36’ 42” West,
Elevation: 1933 meters above m.s.l.
Written by: Andrei K.

When we wake up in the morning it was snowing and the wind speed was increasing from 10–20 knots. We spent most of the day inside of the tents.

Date: November 24, 2007
Location: Detroit Plateau, Antarctic Peninsula
Latitude: 64°: 5’ 11” South,
Longitude: 59°: 36’ 42” West,
Elevation: 1933 meters above m.s.l.
Written by: Andrei K.

The weather got worse last night and in the morning I could see no more than 10 meters around. We had a hard time walking to our kitchen tent located about 50 meters upwind.

 

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