Take-off

The IcePod was a little stubborn this morning, the radar taking longer to warm up than we would have liked. Still, we departed the airfield just after 8:30am.

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Martin Wearing (Columbia University) entering the LC-130 from the hatch. See the IcePod attached to the lever arm.
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The little grey speck is the shadow of the aircraft. How small and insignificant against the sprawling mass of ice!

Another 4am wake-up tomorrow. Time to turn in.

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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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