19 November, 1998
I slept in until 9:00 am this morning. I jolted out of bed (I was in such a deep sleep!) and thought, "Oh no, I'm going to be the last person to the lab this morning!" I had already missed breakfast (the Galley serves meals at certain times), so I brushed my teeth and went to the lab.
I removed my sediment samples from the drying oven, weighed them, and placed them in scintillation vials for further analysis. I washed out all of the Nalgene bottles I had used for my experiment (acid-washing the bottles requires rinsing with a 10% solution of HCl and then twice with deionized water). I gathered the official transfer papers from Chris (that I needed to transfer all of these samples over to ASA) and spent the rest of the afternoon filling them out. Each sample had to be accounted for, and for me this was around 350 samples!
I organized all of my previous samples by sediment size-- all 2 cms together, all 300 um together, all 63 um together, and all of the smaller-sized together. I then took all of the organized boxes of sediments and placed them in the freezer to await our handing them over to ASA tomorrow.
I finished all of this around 10:30 at night and went to bed around 11:00 pm. I have to get up early tomorrow so that I can catch up on my journals! Tomorrow I make my phone call to you guys...
Since I don't get to visit the South Pole Station (you have to have specific business there in order to go there), I found a web site that you could visit. It is really an amazing site, created by a guy who wintered there for two years. He takes you on a tour of the station and then gives some amazing pictures of the area, the sky, and the South Pole. Go to http://alizarin.physics.wisc.edu/rschwarz. It'll be like you visited the South Pole yourself!...and that would be even better than me telling you about it...
Another web site you may want to try is http://icetrek.org. It is the web site documenting the Kiwi trek from Scott Base to the South Pole and back (it's going on right now). Three men are making the trek during the summer and documenting their travel. They are dropping loads at specific depot points on the way to the Pole so that they will be there upon their return. They are mimicking Scott's expedition route. It's quite interesting and amazing to follow what they are doing. Those are the true Antarctic explorers!
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