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Don Voigt’s Blog from WAIS Divide Camp; 79º 28’S, 112º 05’W


The rest of my team arrived late last week and we have been working hard in order to be ready to receive core from the drillers. Right now the drillers are cutting a 15 meter long slot, or deviation, in the wall of the main borehole at 3000 meters depth. When the deviation is about 100 mm deep (4 inches) they will mill a flat bottom and cut into that with a coring drill. Never been done. We hope to obtain 92 meters of ice core from the first deviation and collect ice that can be studied more thoroughly than was the small piece allocated from the main core. Meanwhile, we are waiting for the first core to arrive and working on side projects.

Our weather is still pretty strange. The wind has been light which has been nice, but our days have been overcast, humid and mostly in the single digits F.

Our thoughts have been turing to the Christmas break, which down here takes on a whole new meaning. We will work first shift on Sunday, the 23rd, and break at 3 for our Christmas dinner then start up again on Monday with the swing shift. Then it’s back to business. Camp will have off Monday and Tuesday so we will have to prepare our own meals.

Things are happening here so fast I don’t have time to keep up. I wrote most of this last night and it has already changed. Looks like we could start receiving core tonight so the core handlers are going to shifts today. It’s going to be a long day!

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