7. Field report

The LORITA-group in Alert. The two expedition leaders are standing in the middle with the Danish flag. It is Ruth Jackson from Geological Survey of Canada to the left in the red parka and Trine Dahl-Jensen from Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland to the right in the green parka.

Alert, 12 April, 2006

Received from Ron Verral and Trine Dahl-Jensen

Edited by Henrik Højmark Thomsen, GEUS

Weather days in Alert – it is snowing

11 April, 2006

Weather in Alert: -10, snow, light wind. Clearing in the late afternoon

Another weather day – no flying. It is snowing, and we have got 20 cm of new snow here in Alert. We have continued looking at the data. As all people were collected in Alert, we had the chance to take a group photo.

Alert is a Canadian military base. We are guests here, and we are to a certain extent living under the base rules. They are not always designed to our late working hours. We are living in small rooms, some alone and some two and two. Our priority is that the pilots are living in single rooms and the rest of the group will do with double rooms. We are sharing a dormitory like facility with a social area with kitchen facilities, refrigerator etc.

We are eating in the dining hall. Breakfeast from 7-8 with eggs bacon and the works. But also muesli, a lot of fruit and bagels are available. Lunch is from 11:30-12:30 and always with a selection of minimum three warm courses, cakes, desserts and possibility for a sandwich. Dinner is from 17-18 and is a repetition of the lunch. It is Ok, when you are working on the ice with temperatures of -30, but unfortunately we are not out there every day. The eating hours are fixed, and if you do not show up, there is no food. We therefore have to help each other. Normally a day on the ice is first ending at 7-8-9 in the evening, and people in Alert therefore must take aside food for the late comers. Weekends are special. There is no breakfast but brunch from 10:30-12:20. On theses days we are eating breakfast at the dormitory, as we always are starting earlier. Lunchboxes can be delivered on request.

We are still busy looking at the data and do the daily work. Alert is quit a small station, and there is no cleaning staff, so we are responsible for cleaning our own areas in between the hectic days on the ice.

Verral washing sinks

Ron Verral

John washing floors

John Boserup

Per Vacuuming

Peer Jørgensen

Alert is quit a small station, and there is no cleaning staff, so we are responsible for cleaning our own areas in between the hectic days on the ice. To the left Ron Verral washing sinks. In the middle John Boserup washing floors and to the right Peer Jørgensen wielding a mean vacuum cleaner.

Satellite picture from 12 April 2006. A large low is seen over the sea ice north of Canada and Greenland. The red crosses mark the seismic lines we are working along. Two lines in continuation of each other stretching from the Greenland coast out in the Arctic Ocean towards north and one perpendicular line running east-west.

12 April, 2006

Weather in Alert: -10, snow, wind up to 20 knots. Clearing in the late afternoon

And another weather day in Alert – no flying. To day we got the wind. Conditions in the morning at the ice camp were bad with high winds and poor visibility. At 10:00 local time, they had 24 knots winds and no visibility due to blowing snow. The satellite pictures during the day showed a large low slowly moving west creating winds and cloud cover making it impossible to work. At 17:00 we decided to put any flight off till the morning, even though conditions were improving.

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