18 Jan '12, 3pm

[Blog] Reflections on this season's unsuccessful attempt to drill through Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier.

[Blog] Reflections on this season's unsuccessful attempt to drill through Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier.

Christchurch (New Zealand), 18 January — This will be my last entry in this season’s blog. I had hoped to tell a different tale the past two months — one of successful science being done in a harsh, remote place by hardy individuals dedicated to getting information that had direct relevance to your lives and the lives of others you know and will never know. But the field season unfolded in a vastly different way. I have prepared an outbrief for the National Science Foundation that speaks to the good and the bad, what went right and what went wrong, and how to use what was learned this season to improve our chances for success next season. That document is the official record and won’t be shared here, yet it contains no surprises from what you have read. For this blog, I want to be more reflective and to emphasize those more personal aspects of Antarctic field work. It take...

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