"The Twin Otter is on its way!"

AvHenriette, Per, Eric og Nicolaj

Project Longterm, Team 2; blogg 2007-08-05


Last Wednesday night, three o'clock in the morning the message came, "the Twin Otter is on its way". All stuff was packed in a hurry and the tents were taken down in the bitter cold night (minus 3 degrees, but the sun as usual hanging up there in the blue sky). We were more or less ready when the Twin Otter broke though the low fog lying at the shoreline. At eight o'clock in the morning the new camp was ready in the Sifs/Constable Bugt valley, in beautiful morning sun. We were, however, quite exhausted, and went to bed. Now we have been in this very beautiful valley for five days. Our camp is situated c. 5 km from the coast behind a prominent end moraine ridge, protecting us somewhat from coastal fog and chilly winds. The wildlife is plentiful; it is a sort of "Garden of Eden". Muskoxen are abundant, from small herds with cows and calfs, to the lonely bull, sometimes being a bit aggressive (but it is usually just a "show-off"). Gees come in flocks of 50 to 100eds. Arctic hare are abundant and totally unafraid of us. Yesterday we had a close encounter with three young snow owls, the first I ever have seen in North Greenland.

So far the weather has been very stable: mostly sunny and just the occasional clouds. If we go higher up in the terrain it is quite warm (more than 10 degrees) and the chilly wind from the ice in the north does not reach us. Our hikes are usually between 10 and 20 km each day, so we arrive back in camp on tired legs. We have actually even taken a swim in the river at our camp to cool down; that was, however, quite a cold experience!

So, what is the aim for our studies here? We were here also last summer and now we are trying to sort things up that were not exactly as we thought when datings on different sediments were received during the

last winter. The scientific problem here is the relation in time and space between a large ice stream along the coast and local valley glaciers flowing from the mountains in the south towards the present coast. The last ice expansion was surprisingly young, so now we must do a revision of last year's glaciation model; I think we are on the right track already, and we have at least some 5-7 days left here before relocation to a new camp site.

Eric hunts as usual for lichens, and is happy every day as new, and often surprising, species always turns up.


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