17 April, 2002
Take a small cookie cutter device and place it into the slab of snow. Pull it out and you now have a snow cookie. Not really, but a metal device is used to measure the density of the snow in the snow pits. The metal device cuts out exactly 100 cubic centimeters of snow. The metal device is then placed on the balance and the snow's mass is recorded. The snow density can be calculated by dividing the mass by it's volume. Remember your SWE density calculations??? Density = mass/volume.
The following density measurements were recorded while
doing a snow pit. Density measurements were taken from each of the snow pit layers.
Assignment: Make a line graph showing the relationship between the snow depth and density.
What relationship exits in this parcticular snow pit between depth and density??
Depth (cm) Density
WHERE IS MRS. CHEUVRONT??? LET'S PLOT!!! LATITUDE: 69.28171 degrees North
Longitude: 155.51049 degrees West
The Arctic is a windy, white world. The white makes the world have no beginning or end. It encompasses one's very being. Time and placement loses its value and meaning in this world. Disorientated and confused are common feelings. The whiteness can quickly overtake a human.
Clouds moved in over us last night and with the clouds came warmth. The temperature rose 20 degrees. Our departure from camp was during a whiteout. The whiteout lasted for the majority of the day. With the complete whiteness, came wind.
The Arctic wind bites strongly and is unforgiving. It
allows the cold to creep into our layers of clothing.
Measurements are difficult to take during the wind and the whiteness. The body wishes to shut down. The mind keeps pushing the body onward so the tasks can be accomplished.
When the whiteness finally cleared it was evident that our terrain had changed. The snow is deeper, averaging 70 cm, and as far as the eye can see lays this deep snow. Here there are great expanses of whiteness and gradual hills.
Camp is once again hidden between hills providing us with shelter from the wind. Light snow falls upon our evening quarters.
Temperature Max: -16 degrees Celsius Temperature Min: -29 degrees Celsius
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