To the skies

Take-off was scheduled for 9am rather than 8am, which gave us an extra hour of sleep.  The plane stayed at the fuel pits for an hour and a half longer than expected. There were issues filling up one of the auxiliary tanks.

Antarctic gas station. Mt. Erebus looms behind.

Thankfully, a member of the Guard aboard let us know,  so we went to the Willy Field galley and refueled ourselves with coffee.

We left the runway closer to 11am, and successfully flew two mid-shelf lines. All were anxious to leave the runway and return to surveying, after more than a week of delays.

There are five gravimeters here. Can you find them all?

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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