Saturday, October 6, 2007

Adjusting to the cold

The temperature will stay below -15F/-26C today. My colleagues and I are still adjusting to the cold. It means you feel a bit more tired than usual. Coming from Summer in the northern hemisphere to this is quite a shock to the body. It is also very dry here, a polar desert with low humidity, so we have to drink a lot of water. Fortunately the station is heated, but it is still not comfortable with drafts coming off the windows. After a week or so, we will not notice it any more, but now we still do. Here is a picture of some of the people I will be working with on nightshift later on: Sonia Sandroni, a petrologist from the University of Siena, Italy, Tracy Frank, geochemist, and Chris Fielding, sedimentologist, from the University of Nebraska. Some of the ANDRILL core curaters (who make sure the core stays in good condition) are visible in the background. The picture was taken on the plane.

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