Friday, 25 July 2014

Progress in the Far North

After a successful coring campaign to date, and the continuing excellent weather, we are now moving towards our most northerly site at 74° north. We have now collected over 300m of piston core from a range of sites in the Nordic Seas, and are now focused on collecting samples that will help us to understand the timing of deposition of sediments on the Bear Island Fan. This feature is one of the largest depositional formations on earth, and we are hoping to understand the timing of sediment delivery to the slope, and hopefully this will inform our research on slope stability.

The weather has made a turn for the worse, we currently have 5-6 meter swells and the temperature feels truly "Arctic" today, so much so that we experimented with the survival suits and the padded thermal boiler suits whilst working on deck this morning!

The night team in their warm gear

Enjoying the spray at the end of our shift

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