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28 May 2015

Preparing for coming flights

When there is wind and moisture in the air, beautiful ice crystals grow on all exposed surfaces. These crystals grew overnight on a ladder. The width of the picture represents 15 cm in reality.

When there is wind and moisture in the air, beautiful ice crystals grow on all exposed surfaces. These crystals grew overnight on a ladder. The width of the picture represents 15 cm in reality.

We are getting close to the mid-season flight period, where six people from the camp population of ten will be replaced by new team members. A good part of the day therefore went with planning of the coming flights, listing cargo and figuring out how to best to organise the flights.

The main drilling is running in a very good and stable mode. Again today, we made 12 good runs that produced 23.63 meters of core. The RECAP ice core is now the longest ice core drilled on Renland, as we passed 325 meters’ depth, which is the length of the core drilled in 1988. Although we are only 2 km away from the old drill site, we still have about 270 more meters to go, which illustrates how uneven the bedrock is below the Renland ice cap. Logged depth 311.1 m.

Weather: Cloudy with light snow and no horizon / poor surface definition. Improving from 7 am. Weather OK for receiving flights from 9 am. Temperatures remain stable with little variation around -13°C. Variable wind of 1-4 m/s mainly from E and NE.


Best, Sune O. Rasmussen, RECAP FL

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