Field and CPL Updates

2008-2009 Antarctica

November 27, 2008
Update provided by Dr. Kendrick Taylor
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The arch facility at WAIS Divide received heavy drifting over the winter. Photo: Raytheon Polar Services

Work is progressing at WAIS Divide, however major storms and mechanical problems with the Tucker snowcat and Caterpillar tracked forklift has slowed progress. Settling of the arch and internal walls has also added to the effort required to get the arch structure ready for drilling. The attached photo shows how much the arch drifted over. The top of the almost-buried arch in the foreground of the picture is 16'5" off of the 2005 snow surface (the arch was erected in 2005). Geoff Hargreaves, Jay Johnson, and myself are in McMurdo. The rest of the science crew and most of the drillers are in Christchurch and are heading this way. Overall we are running about a week behind schedule.