19 April, 2003
First Glimpse of Kotzebue
Today in Kotzebue
The 3rd plane I rode in the pervious 12 hours touched down in
Kotzebue, Alaska to a balmy 19 degree temperature. I saw the smiling
face of Lisa, my PI (Primary Researcher) waiting for me. Lisa hopes
this warm spell will evaporate soon, as our work will be easier on
solid ice and snow
What science is happening?
Today was a day to check in and regroup. Lisa and Melinda have
just returned from ice camp near Barrow, the northern most point in the
United States. We talked about the sampling that needs to get done
this week and made some basic outlines of a schedule. Then it was off
to bed early, even though it was bright daylight until after 11:00 pm.
You are a detective, here are the facts:
4-19-03 The sun rose at 4:30 am. and will set at 11:00p.m.
day of winter is December 21.
The first day of Spring is March
The first day of summer is June 21st.
The first day of fall
is September 22.
1.) Can you tell me the OTHER date this year
that the sun will rise and set at these exact same times?
do you predict will be the time the sun rises and sets when I am here
As I sat in the plane bound for Alaska and peered out of my window at
the brown earth marked with lines of snow next to the roads like an icy
spider’s web and see the literally thousands of lakes, many still iced
over on the endless tundra, I was fascinated. As I got closer to
Kotzebue, and saw nothing but titanic snow covered peaks punctuating
the clouds, I had to ask myself what type of alien world am I
more about our project here
View curriculum for this project, “Ask a Scientist” and
learn about other Arctic Real Time research at Arctic Alive
Listen to the local radio station KOTZ live
The plane from Ankorage to Kotzebue is 1/2 cargo, 1/2 half passengers. You can see the three cargo boxes being loaded
The view of the snow covered mountains from my plane is stunning.
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