3 April, 2003
Final Day of Drilling And Answers to Various Questions
Another warm 31 degree F day on Little Diomede with no wind and partly sunny, the kind of day you only
need three layers of gear. We have one final hole to drill before we begin collecting samples from the
sites on a routine basis.
The final hole is to be located 600 feet from the science shack. This site is important because it is
the potential location of a permanent water intake pump that is proposed in order to collect data year round.
Before we could use the augers we had to hand dig and remove about four feet of snow and ice chunks forming a four-foot by four-foot hole. And if that was not enough fun we drilled sixteen four-foot deep holes side by side within the four by four hole. Once all of the ice was removed we could begin using the
seven-foot auger. The ice is very deep in this area since it is older and has piled high over the winter. It is important to dig as deep as possible before you drill so you have a better chance of reaching the open water.
After about three hours of digging and drilling we hit seawater. Unfortunately it was only a pocket of water and more ice lay beneath it. The flooding now made it impossible to continue drilling so we had to temporarily abandon the effort. We will try again at a later time.
Since I have extra down time today I would like to use the opportunity to answer a few of the many questions I have received from my TEA web page.
Q: How do you stay warm while working outside in the
Q: What do you eat up there?
Q: What do you do for fun while you are there?
I will try to add a few questions and answers periodically as I receive them. Thank you for all of your questions. I have been surprised at the number of
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