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Planning for Season 2

by Stein Tronstad last modified 2008-04-23 09:01

The entire traverse team met in Tromsø March 31 to April 2 to work through the plans for the second traverse season, including the science goals, timeline, resources and logistics.

Planning for Season 2

Photo: Ann Kristin Balto, NPI

The second traverse will start from the South Pole in early December 2008, and is planned to arrive at Troll Station in Dronning Maud Land in mid-February.  A key area of interest will be the Recovery Lakes, a group of large subglacial lakes between 84°S and 82°S.  The lakes will be investigated with deep radar, seismic, GPS and gravity measurements.  In addition, the ice coring, snow radar, temperature profiling, surface roughness, UAV, and remote sensing programmes will be continued from last season.

About 3 weeks prior to the traverse start, a team of mechanics and support crew will fly in to Camp Winter through the South Pole. A field camp will be established on-site, and modifications and maintenance of the vehicles carried out during a two week period in late November. Following this, the traverse crew will drive to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to take on board fuel and supplies. The scientific staff will join the traverse here.

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