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Radar Love

How thick is the ice ? Have a look at our latest two radar measurements of ice thickness at the Priestley Glacier’s grounding line. How thick do you think is the ice ?  

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What do penguins taste like ?

Cook wrote in his diary —“of equal interest to the naturalist and the cook” as he began eating penguins. They taste like “a piece of beef, odiferous cod fish and a canvas-backed duck roasted together in a pot, with blood … Continue reading

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What is funny in Antarctica ?

Staying motivated during long days of field work in the cold is important. It is as important as your pair of woolen socks. But how do you even smile when your face is really really cold ? You just call … Continue reading

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Dance off – it’s on !

“What do you do for entertainment while your down on the ice ?” Conducting fieldwork in Antarctica is a cost and labour intensive task. With the world’s harshest environment and ever changing weather conditions as well as logistical constrains, we … Continue reading

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Do we use huskies in Antarctica ?

Huskies played a vital role in exploring the Antarctic wilderness since the beginning of the heroic age. By using dogsleds, Amundsen had a key advantage in the race to the South Pole against Scott. But dogs didn’t only just pull … Continue reading

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Antarctic Social Science Session

There are not only questions built around Antarctica’s ice. Disciplines like biology, history or social science conduct research about other issues in Antarctica. And I am very lucky to know the right people to ask these questions… so here is … Continue reading

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Update on Ice from the field

We have established camp on top of Lorry Bluff. The radar is monitoring the glacier from its inflatable tent while five glacier stations record the tidal changes simultaneously. All expedition numbers are involved, Ryan and I take turns at maintaining … Continue reading

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A milestone in Antarctic glaciology

We were successful !!! Please enjoy the first ground-based radar measurement from a GPRI in Antarctica. BASINGA !

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Why is it called Antarctica ?

This is probably my most favourite blog-post ever ! While I was chatting with a stranger at the fish’n chip shop a couple of weeks ago, I was asked the most basic but fascinating question about Antarctica – where does … Continue reading

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At the windiest place on Earth

Antarctica is the continent of the extremes – the coldest, the driest, the windiest,… but to install our fragile scientific instruments, we need absolutely calm conditions. Today was one of these just perfect days, when no wind facilitated our work … Continue reading

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