White-out!

After a three hour training session on field safety yesterday, I retreated to my bed, feverish: I seemed to have picked up some form of the “crud” (illness), as it is referred to here. Still battling it. To my disappointment, I missed the highly anticipated Halloween party, which was held in one of the gyms. (Lying in bed, I could hear laughter and shouts in the hallways, and occasionally feel the floor rumble from the heavy and awkward steps of those inebriated, reminding me of college).

It seems that just when the sky clears and the wind settles enough to contemplate a hike around and up Observation Hill, Minna Bluff becomes obscured, an indication that yet another storm is coming.

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View from Crary Lab Library. 
Although there is something to be admired about the severe and tyrannical storms that so often pass through, we hope for – we need – gentle winds, good visibility, to fly our survey over the Shelf.

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Author: Alec Lockett

Alec grew up in Belmont, MA and graduated with a degree in Geology in May 2017 from Colorado College. His senior thesis used gravity and magnetic data from the ROSETTA-Ice 2015-2016 field season to interpret and characterize the bedrock beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, West Antarctica. The project is an interdisciplinary effort with the aim of understanding the systems interaction between the Ross Ice Shelf, underlying water and bedrock through an airborne geophysical survey. Geophysics, along with remote sensing (of the cryosphere) and structural geology, are some of Alec’s overarching interests, which grew while working in Antarctica with members of the ROSETTA-Ice group during the 2016-2017 season. Alec is participating in field data collection once more this fall/winter (Antarctic summer). Interests outside of geology include reading, hiking, skiing and biking.

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