Chasing shadows

Finally the day arrived! Taking advantage of the disappointment of others who’s hopes and dreams were crushed by the weather gods (I know, need to get out more), the lowlight recce for the Sørsdal took place and amazingly I got to go. A low light recce is done over all the glacier ice field sites to give a better chance of spotting any surface expression of snow covered crevasses that could affect where and how we operate. After glaciers and ice, helicopter travel is quickly becoming my next favourite thing. I could barely sit still in the back of the helicopter, desperately trying to be all calm and cool but dancing on the inside. We had been told a few times that, unlike the previous season, this last winter had experienced virtually no snowfall. I didn’t really appreciate this until we flew over the glacier and saw large expanses of blue ice! Not only did this mean very little digging to retrieve instruments but also that the crevasses, or the lack of them in this case, were visible! We were looking for 9 sites in total and amazingly spotted 8 of them, all looking intact and in good condition. The only site we couldn’t spot was the tower at Twin Lakes, this had been stripped of instruments last year but not removed when we discovered it was located in a lake with a thin frozen lid. Seeing the sites left us all feeling quite optimistic about the retrieval and so we headed back to station admiring the stunning views. 

Chasing shadows
Crevassasaurus spotting
One of our seismometer sites on a lovely patch of blue ice
Marty and some token probing of the ice
Looking down the Sørsdal Glacier towards the ocean

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