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14 May 2015

News from Renland via NEEM

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While we are waiting for fresh news from Renland we bring a short report that we have received via NEEM/EGRIP

May 18, 2015
The Renland team reports all well. In the short report, due to bad phone connection, the crew reported that drilling goes well.

May 17, 2015
The Renland team reports all well. They are in a process of turning the clock, i.e. work at night and sleep during the day. More information on progress tomorrow.

May 16, 2015
The Renland team reports all well, a good mood and being busy in a good way. Weather has been dominated by fog and 100 m visibility. Temperatures at -8 °C. The main drill reached 85 m depth. The shallow drill system reached 71 m depth and the U.S. firn air sampling ended as close off depth was reached. The crew now prepares the second planned shallow coring.

May 15, 2015
The Renland team reports all well, a good mood and being busy in a good way. Weather has been sunny with little wind and -8 °C. The main drill reached 60 m depth. The shallow drill system reached 64 m depth while the U.S. firn air sampling continues. The high temperatures outside begin to cause too high temperatures in the drill tent. It has been decided to go to night time operations. This means, that from tomorrow the Renland crew will work at night and sleep by day.

May 14, 2015
The Renland team reports all well, a good mood and being busy in a good way. Weather has been snowy with winds at 12 m/s from south and -11 °C. The main drill reached 37 m depth, even with testing a new inner core barrel. Core processing (logging, cutting and ECM) is in progress. The shallow drill system reached 57m depth and the U.S. firn air sampling continues.

May 13, 2015
The Renland team reports all well and a good mood. Weather is fine, but warm (-8 °C) with a weak westerly wind. Today they drilled the firs runs with the main drill to 11 m. The shallow drill system and the first U.S. firn air sampling has reached 42 m depth. All cargo is organized, the kitchen tent is completed and food stores check out o.k.

May 12, 2015
The Renland team reports all well and a good mood. Weather is fine, but warm (-8 °C). Today they powered the freezer for the ice cores, and it is stable at -25 °C. The drill tent is outfitted with furniture and equipment, and the drill is in place. Main drilling will begin tomorrow. The shallow drill system has begun operations, and the first U.S. firn air sampling has been done at 10 m depth. Construction of the kitchen is completed.

May 11, 2015
The Renland team reports all well. Weather is fine, and today they assembled the freezer for the ice cores. The drill tent is being outfitted with furniture and equipment, and the inclined trench for the drill was excavated. A melt layer (most likely from last year) was encountered at 1.7 m depth. Main drilling will probably begin the day after tomorrow. The shallow drill system has been setup and the team expect to begin the U.S. firn air drilling and gas collection tomorrow.

May 10, 2015
Bo Vinther reported that all members of the Renland team are well, and that all tents (including kitchen weatherport and drill tent) are now up. Tomorrow they will build the freezer to keep ice cores extra cold as springtime advances. The Penn. State group is about to begin shallow drilling and firn air sampling. Weather is fine and forecast for tomorrow is good.

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