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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Holy Coldness!



-52 C!!!

Today was the coldest day yet! It was our last morning in the field and we stalled until about 10:30 hoping it would warm up. Nope! I had to lay down on the floor so two team members could decompress and zip me, I had so many layers on today. Then as soon as we went outside, there was a flock of ptarmigans. Of course my camera was not in the outer layer. By the time I got the camera out, with some assistance, they flew away! I did get one quick shot. Unfortunately it is not close enough for you to see their feet. They are so cute because their feet have super fluffy feathers all around them to serve as snow shoes and keep them from sinking into the snow.

We were trimming trees again today and my group got the forest site, which was great in the cold weather because we had a long, difficult walk, which got the blood flowing and warmed us up. Another group snagged the snow shoes so we spent a lot of time wallowing. I actually resorted to crawling because it maximized my surface area! It was a challenge to trim a branch higher than 150cm above the snow whey you sank so far down. We had a difficult time reaching them and laughed alot, again warming us up. It was so cold today that eyelash icicles were adorning everyone's face. MAC could market that look!
Last night was an amazing light show! I took a few shots but it was sooooooooo cold out, both my camera and I suffered. I watched until I was nearly frozen and the lights died down. Then I went to bed. We were woken up in the wee hours of the morning to "Get up! The sky is amazing!!!" So I climbed out of my bunk, layered up, and headed outside. Holy coldness, I didn't last long! BUT there is an aurora viewing dome here. It is a plexiglass dome about six feet across on top of the building...and it is heated. By the time I got up there, most people were heading off to bed. So I sat up there with a friend and some cocoa and enjoyed a spectacular show!!! The entire sky was full of lights dancing and pulsing in their green ethereal way. I think that the patterns in the sky on my igloo night were better, but last night the entire sky was full!!! Everywhere you looked there was movement. It was absolutely incredible and something I hope you get to see in your life.

Oh, I took a picture of the inside of the qamatuk for you to get a "feel" for my daily rides... One of our drivers is nicknamed "Crash" and another tries to pass the guy in front of him on a regular basis. It is a new amusement park ride! I might even miss those rides...
Your challenge for today is to come up with three specific questions for me regarding this experience. One must be scientific or field research based, one environmental, and the third can be personal or general or another from the first two categories. Bring them with you to class on Friday. See you soon...

9 Comments:

At February 24, 2009 at 8:16 PM , Anonymous 3-Raul Malfavon said...

environmental: what causes those lights from the lights in the sky you took pictures of?

random: if you had a snow bored would you get pulled on the back of the box and bust some tricks ?

field research: how is the research comming have you found anything interresting ????

 
At February 24, 2009 at 9:33 PM , Anonymous 4-Alana Anderson said...

Your challenge for today is to come up with three specific questions for me regarding this experience. One must be scientific or field research based, one environmental, and the third can be personal or general or another from the first two categories.

1) What kind of information or data did you and your team collect from the trimming of tree branches?
2) From the data you and your team collected so far, would you say that global warming is a noticeable concern, or is the shifting of temperatures normal?
3) If you were given the opportunity to return to Churchill next year to conduct a similar climate study project, would you? (or was the cold temperature not worth it)

 
At February 24, 2009 at 10:06 PM , Anonymous 4 - Max Axline said...

1) Have you seen what our anthropegenic changes have been doing to the enviroment?

2) Does our changing enviroment decrease the level of the different types of snow? Like is one less commonly seen now then it has been in previous years?

3) When are you going to find a Polar Bear and take a picture of it?

 
At February 24, 2009 at 10:49 PM , Anonymous 2-TREY SENATE said...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Holy Coldness!

* REASEARCH QUESTION:

HOW OFTEN DO TEAMS LIKE THE ONE YOU ARE WITH, GO TO THE ARCTIC AND DO THESE EXPIERAMENTS? ALSO, DO THEY DO THEM IN THE EXACT SAME PLACES?

* ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION:

DID YOU AND YOUR TEAM DISCOVER ANY NEW ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES, BAD OR GOOD?

* PERSONAL QUESTION:

WOULD YOU DO THIS EXPEDITION AGAIN IF YOU WHERE ABLE TO? AND DID YOU LEARN MORE THAN YOU THOUGHT YOU WOULD?

 
At February 25, 2009 at 12:08 PM , Anonymous Cool NEW fish - cgwert said...

The barreleye (Macropinna microstoma for you ichthyologists) is a deepwater fish that has a see-through, fluid filled head in which it moves its eyeballs. And that, dear reader, is freaking awesome.



Barreleyes, just a few inches long, are thought to eat small fishes and jellyfish. The green pigments in their eyes may filter out sunlight coming directly from the sea surface, helping the barreleye spot the bioluminescent glow of jellies or other animals directly overhead. When it spots prey (such as a drifting jelly), a barreleye rotates its eyes forward and swims upward, in feeding mode.

What a freak! Reminds me of a girl I used to date that had a wandering eye. My God that turned me on. When she was looking at you it was like she was looking through you. Well, with her good eye anyways, the other was always wandering over your shoulder. Damn I miss that eye.

article

http://news.aol.com/article/see-through-fish/355501

 
At February 26, 2009 at 9:55 PM , Anonymous 1-Maseah Rasta said...

Scientific Question: What would be the negative consequences if you were to miscalculate the measurement of the layers?

Enviromental Questions: How much human activity has greatly impacted the layers, regarding density?

General Question: What do past records in the layers indicate about our Earth's climate?

 
At February 26, 2009 at 10:23 PM , Anonymous 1-Dylan Davison said...

What is the purpose for collecting the pine needle samples?

What do the needles tell us about global warming/ enviromental changes?

How has the trip changed your life?

 
At February 26, 2009 at 10:56 PM , Blogger 5-DEREK VERMILLION said...

1. did you experience any eye straigh from the sun light being reflected off the snow?

2.) did u get that dutch guys number?

3.) how does the reasarch your team collected this year compare to earth prior?

 
At February 28, 2009 at 3:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

how cool! i hope you are well. miss you- you cousin
tim

 

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