Category Archives: Antarctic stuff

Pretty face

Remember this? This beautiful photo of a mummified seal, which was taken by my dear husband in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, was seen by Andy Foote, a marine mammal researcher who for some reason happened to read my blog … Continue reading

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Galley bathroom reminder

This beautifully handcrafted sign hangs as a reminder (and maybe a warning?) on the door of the toilet that is located right next to the galley at Palmer Station, Antarctica: Apparently, it’s not a plumbing problem – it’s the proximity.

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Shake Hands with Danger

If you ever think about what it would be like to work in the Antarctic… bulldozers, trucks and cranes are probably not the first things that come to mind. But it takes many different things to support research on the … Continue reading

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Of glaciers gone

I do have to thank myself again for giving my husband a slide scanner for Christmas. Here’s another treasure: a picture of him skiing near Palmer Station, taken on 7 December 1997. The glacier he is on is near “Skua … Continue reading

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Transient shapes

I am now thoroughly bored with the bronchitis and fever I’ve been battling since Christmas Eve. So I thought I’ll post some photos instead of just sitting here coughing… These are slides my husband took along the Western Antarctic Peninsula … Continue reading

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Worlds colliding in a blizzard

An international, billion Euro project like the European XFEL obviously involves a fair bit of politics and diplomacy, but also paperwork and bureaucracy. We’re coming up to a big meeting of the European XFEL Council, and a fair bit of … Continue reading

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Why do we do this again?

This seems like a particularly good time to focus on what’s nice about blogging. Dunno why. And if anyone reads this who doesn’t know what I’m talking about: you don’t want to know. Really. Anyway, coincidentally I just stumbled across … Continue reading

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A Hi in the Snow

This picture of people in the snow at Palmer Station was taken on 2 November from a NASA plane on a flyover that was part of Operation Ice Bridge. Stacie Murray, who is the Chef at Palmer this season, describes … Continue reading

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Catchy headlines vs. sound science – interview with John Cullen

John Cullen holds the Killam Chair in Ocean Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He spends a lot of time thinking about and investigating the effects of large-scale iron fertilization of the ocean. Together with colleagues, he has … Continue reading

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Just something to consider

Good luck to every science blogger who is participating in the competition to go to the Antarctic with Quark Expeditions! And congratulations to clever Quark who, by recruiting science bloggers, may get some sciencey/environmental validation for their enterprise this way. … Continue reading

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