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EastGrip - The East Greenland Ice-core Project > Field Diaries

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Plane received and a difficult day for deep drilling and firn gas project

22 June 2017

Thursday 22nd of June 2017

Today was an unfortunate day for the deep drilling as an about 1 m long section of a core was lost by the drill.

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Drilling at Swiss site

21 June 2017

Tuesday 16th of June 2017

A drilling attempt was made at the Swiss site today. The drill penetrated some 15 m in about 20 min! Several conditions were not optimal, but today’s achievement proves that the RADIX drill is indeed a rapid access drill.

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Main ice core processing terminated

20 June 2017

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Today the science trench finished processing of the upper 100 m of the main core, whereby the main science trench activities are terminated for 2017.

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Arrival of the wind sledge

19 June 2017

Monday 19th of June 2017

Today the casing was mounted in the Swiss borehole.

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Laki, Tambora, and a wind sledge that missed a great party

17 June 2017

Saturday 17th of June 2017

Saturday the science trench processed ice from the top part of the deep core and the historical volcanoes of Tambora (1815 Indonesia) and Laki (1783 Iceland) were clearly detected as significant acidity spikes in the ice core at the expected depths.

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Soda machine!

16 June 2017

Tuesday 16th of June 2017

The deep drilling appears to be in a stable mode with almost 22 m of high quality core drilled today.

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Firn gas sampling program started

15 June 2017

Thursday 15th of June 2017

There has been good progress at all four drilling locations as well as for the surface program.

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Birthday!

14 June 2017

Tuesday 16th of June 2017

Today there has been drilling activities at four different sites in camp.

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Another busy day

13 June 2017

Tuesday 14th of June 2017

The deep drilling had a successful day without any unexpected interruptions and drilling is back in two-shift mode.

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Camp is up to full speed

12 June 2017

Monday 12th of June 2017

As camp is settling after the major crew exchange over the weekend, the activity level is rising.

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Receiving Skier, starting new activities, and celebrating Saturday night on a Sunday

11 June 2017

Sunday 11th of June 2017

Saturday afternoon weather improved and camp could receive Skier 71.

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A dramatic day

09 June 2017

Friay 9th of June 2017

This is the day according to our plan that a plane should bring in a lot of people to form a new camp crew.

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A LC-130 flight succeeded today

08 June 2017

Thursday 16th of May 2017

It is very quiet in the dome tonight, and there was plenty of room in the kitchen at dinner time.

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Weather forecast for Friday is bad

07 June 2017

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

In this line of work plans change constantly. Originally, we had two planes scheduled for Friday; but this morning we received a bad forecast for Friday weather.

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Drilling is gearing down

06 June 2017

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

Drillers have now found a good mode of operation, and as we are short of drilling fluid until the flight on Friday, they now take their time to experiment with various add-ons that could optimize the operation.

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A good routine day in camp with lots of activity.

05 June 2017

Monday 5th of June 2017

Drillers are drilling and processors are processing and two warm laboratories are in operation – all in the snow caves.

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2017-06-04

04 June 2017

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of June 2017

Once again, it became a good Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Saturday night dinner was prepared by Alexey and Eliza: Borsth (Russian beet soup) and roulade and knödel: Ilka, Matthias and Lydia.

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First day in full operation.

02 June 2017

Friday 2nd of June 2017

The people in the processing line in the science trench are learning the new routines.

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Processing is beginning – very slowly.

01 June 2017

Thursday 1st of June 2017

Today, the processing team got together and began processing

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Theme of the day: Science trench is ready.

31 May 2017

Wednesday 31st of May 2017

Really good news today.

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Warm laboratories ready

30 May 2017

Tuesday 30th of May 2017

Inside the science trench there are two warm laboratories.

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Theme of the day: Ice core drilling

29 May 2017

Monday 29th of May 2017

Theme of the day: Ice core drilling

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A good weekend

27 May 2017

Sunday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017

This weekend was enjoyable for all in camp

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3rd day with good weather

26 May 2017

Tuesday 16th of May 2017

We have now for three days ben blessed with good weather in camp, and in all fairness, I need to mention this after all my complaining about the weather in the last few weeks.

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The new drill

25 May 2017

Thursday 25th of May 2017

Our drillers, software guy and electrician play a game these days. The new drill electronics is re-programmed and re-wired, and sent down with the drill for testing.

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Activity in the trenches.

24 May 2017

Tuesday 16th of May 2017

A lot of people are now active underground. The two warm laboratories have been assembled so now people are not only setting up tables and saws and equipment in the snow cave, but also inside the laboratories.

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We received a flight

23 May 2017

Tuesday 23rd of May 2017

Today, the LC-130 arrived with long awaited spareparts and equipment and food. And we said good bye to Harald, Motohiro, Jan, Grant, Elizabeth, Steffen and Camilla, and hello to Rasmus, Ilka, Benjamin, Jianzhong, Eliza and Christian. We are now 28 in camp.

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We drill ice cores.

22 May 2017

Monday 22nd of May 2017

The great news on this beautiful day is from the drill trench. In the afternoon drillers finished cleaning the hole for all the ice chips that have fallen to the bottom during the reaming operation.

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A busy weekend

21 May 2017

Sunday 21 of May 2017

Work began normally Saturday morning. It was warm; but the wind was always there to move snow around. Around 1430 clouds came rolling in and the wind picked up to 30 kt. It began to snow too.

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Twin Otter back to Summit

19 May 2017

Friday 19th of May 2017

This morning weather improved, and the Twin Otter was able to fly to Summit, and that reduced camp population from 35 to 29.

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We received two planes

18 May 2017

Thursday 18th of May 2017

Today weather really showed how quickly it can change. The day began fine with beautiful flying weather: Sunshine, good wind along the skiway and good visibility.

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Plane tomorrow.

17 May 2017

Wednesday 17th of May 2017

Tomorrow we expect a plane with more equipment, some spareparts, food and new people. Some will also leave the camp; but for the ones who stay, the rhythm of camp life will change as it normally does when new people arrive.

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Flight in two days.

16 May 2017

Tuesday 16th of May 2017

When a flight period approaches, there is a sequence of events leading up the event. We began readying the skiway and apron a few days ago.

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Pistenbully problems

15 May 2017

Monday 15th of May 2017

We tracked down the problem we have had with one of our Pistenbullys. It has a leak in the hydraulic brake that propagates in to the drive wheel. We have been in contact with the company, and we need a specialist up to do repairs.

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Weekend

14 May 2017

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of May 2017

Now, we have been here 18 days, and so far we have only had two days with weak wind. Wind speeds continue to be around 7 – 10 m/s and temperatures stay below – 20°C.

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An enjoyable day

12 May 2017

Friday 12th of May 2017

We couldn’t believe it. No wind today and sunshine. It was a pleasure to work outside. We made a test of making an underground pipe for electrical cables.

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Hey, a day without strong wind.

11 May 2017

 Thursday 11th of May 2017

We had a nice day today. For once the wind was not strong, and work outside was a pleasure.

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Setting up drill electronics.

10 May 2017

 Wednesday 10th of May 2017

The drillers, working in the underground drill trench are almost ready to ream the borehole. They have installed a new electronic drill motor control, and they are adjusting the software to answer the commands given from the drilling console.

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Wind, cold and drifting snow.

09 May 2017

 Tuesday 9th of May 2017

I know, it is a bit monotone to talk about the weather all the time; but we are quite dependent on it. Most of today, we had strong winds, and as temperature dropped, it became very cold to work outside.

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The sky disappeared.

08 May 2017

 Monday 8th of May 2017

This afternoon, the cloud cover over camp became so thick that the Sun disappeared and the sky got the same color as the snow surface and the horizon vanished. Everything was just white.

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The first real Saturday evening and weekend at EGRIP 2017

07 May 2017

 Saturday 6th of May 2017

Saturday morning began dramatically. At breakfast, the main generator stopped. The problem was located to the fuel injector pump.

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We had a visit

05 May 2017

 Friday 5th of May 2017

It looks like our isolation is soon broken. Today, Jens Christian managed to setup the satellite disk so that it indeed receives a good signal.

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A day in the salt mines.

04 May 2017

 Thursday 4th of May 2017

Although the wind doesn’t let up, several people today braved the wind and worked on the surface.

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Spring has arrived!

03 May 2017

 Wednesday 3rd of May 2017

As forecasted, temperatures really increased today to a high of -8°C. Associated with this increase in temperature, high winds of up to 36 kt were forecasted.

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We have running water

02 May 2017

 Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

Although it is still cold and windy, there was no snow drift, and work continued on the surface and in the trenches. It was a big step forward as both water systems came on-line.

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First flight succeded

01 May 2017

Monday 1st of May 2017

Today, for once, we were not nervous about receiving a plane to EGRIP. The weather was perfect: Clear blue sky, -20 °C and a moderate wind alongthe skiway.

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Grooming!

30 April 2017

Sunday 30th April 2017

In the afternoon the wind dropped to 12 kt. We groomed the skiway in preparation for the flight tomorrow. When the plane arrives tomorrow, camp crew will almost double to 20.

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Indoor work

29 April 2017

 Saturday 29th of April 2017

The wind picked up and temperatures continued to drop. It was impossible to do work on the skiway, and work outside was hard. We therefore mainly worked indoors.

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We now have a village.

28 April 2017

Friday 28th of April 2017

Today was a big construction day. As the wind had gone down, the weatherport tent buildings were hauled from winter storage and placed at the designated construction sites.

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Day two at EGRIP, with a twist of a blizzard.

27 April 2017

Thursday 27th of April 2017

Although we have to build several weatherports to have room for all people, including the people arriving on Sunday, we cannot build the weatherports in strong wind.

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EastGRIP camp 2017 is now open!

26 April 2017

Wednesday 26th of April 2017

The first team of 12 field participants arrived at EastGRIP at 12.40 local time. Temperature was -18°C and the wind was 17 knots, so it felt quite chilly.

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Field season begins April 20th

23 March 2017

 Thursday 23rd of March 2017

Field season beginning soon! Stay put for more info!

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