Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fletcher Glacier, Antarctica

Fog at Fossil Bluff delayed our departure by a couple of hours so by the time we got to Sky Blu (the first time around) it was already late afternoon. We pushed on further south to find Sledge Party Quebec, camped out on Fletcher glacier at the foot of the Ellsworth mountains. Sledge Quebec are a team of glaciologists, who are attempting to drill 130m ice cores in one season. These cores will then be analysed to provide a history of surface temperatures and snow accumulation over the last 200 years. This shows the camp at Sledge Quebec, which is the best equipped camp I have ever seen, complete with showers, microwave, large structured tents and Saturday film nights.

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