Foggy Mornings

“It’s a beautiful day”, Susan remarks, as we walk from the dorm building to Building 155, the Galley. Neither of us notice the fog on the shelf. Soon enough we are driving through it, on the 6am shuttle, in preparation for a 9am flight departure. We arrive early to take gravity still readings, and one lucky soul treks off from the warmth of the tent to collect readings from the base station magnetometer, which has been buried and marked with bamboo flags.

Maya Becker and Alexandra Boghosian at the base station magnetometer and GPS, powered by solar panels. Picture from last year.

Fog here can be impenetrable. Our flight today is cancelled.

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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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