Author Archives: Andrew Thurber

Off the Ice

The season on the ice ended in a flurry of cleaning, gear return, and packing. Before I knew it I was on a plane headed home and after a short 21 hours in the air (and three days) I found … Continue reading

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Lasts and Next

Milestones keep coming along in the project. The main one that happened this week is that we wrapped up our diving for the season and Rory has departed the ice. Rory left last Wednesday and since then I have been … Continue reading

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Clear weather and the end of the experiment

It was another good and productive week on the ice. Rory only needed two days to get back up to speed which was important considering our tasks for the week. I wanted to see if there was a similar feature … Continue reading

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Microbial Mud

Today started in the not so usual fashion. Rory woke up raring to go and headed to the gym. En route he pulled a muscle in his back and that pretty much ended his day at around 7am. We were … Continue reading

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A different day

For the last two days, Rory and I have been staring through microscopes.  I’ve been enamored with the microscopic world while he has been counting little glowing dots in the dark.  But I think we both have been thinking about … Continue reading

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Ice thickness and temperature

Julia McFarland’s 7th Grade science class from Egan Junior High School from Los Altos, CA asks: How thick is the ice and when you jump in how cold is it? The ice is currently right around 1.4 meters thick or … Continue reading

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Mystery Peaks and Walls

As the season progresses a few things happen. The visibility in the water gets worse, the station gets crowded, and other animals start showing up. While this normally just means seals that have come up to pup, there are also … Continue reading

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A day of dives

We arrived back from our survival training having successfully survived. Today we went north to help out a fellow science group. Since there are only three approved divers on station at the moment and we always (both by requirement and common sense) dive with a … Continue reading

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A windy weeks start.

One of the nice things about McMurdo is if you wake up too late for a shower, simply walking between the buildings en route to work does a good job of waking one up.  Today was no exception.  Here are … Continue reading

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A week already?

Talking to a friend down here, he said “days and months can drag by like they are never going to end but weeks always fly by.”  That was sure this week.  We collected a few samples on Monday but the … Continue reading

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