|Ice castles in Alvord Bay|
Saturday: We spent the day at Palmer Station. In 1965, the U.S. established a small biology facility, called Palmer Station, after Nathaniel B. Palmer. Palmer was a sealer who explored the Peninsula in 1820. In 1970 the new station was completed at 64 degrees 46íS, 64 degrees 03í W. The station is built on solid rock and has two major buildings and three small ones. During the winter the station is occupied by 15-20 people who run the station. The population increases to 44 persons during the summer when scientists arrive to conduct experiments.
The climate is milder at Palmer Station than at other Antarctic stations because of the maritime air mass. The average temperature in the summer is about 36 degrees and in the winter 14 degrees. The day we were at Palmer was slightly cloudy and the temperature was 22 degrees.
|Inlet at Palmer station|
Many people spent the day hiking the glacier and or doing some skiing. In the afternoon, the store opened so that all our loved ones could receive T-shirts that say Antarctica on them. In the evening we were treated to dinner by the residents of Palmer station. There was a science lecture after dinner followed by drinks and dancing.
Sites: For more on Palmer Station, see the following links:
|Across the waters|
Sunday: We stopped at Port Lockroy (64 degrees 49S, 63 degrees. 30W). The French Antarctic Expedition of 1904 discovered Port Lockroy; . During the summer, this area has a Gentoo (penguin) colony. A few lucky students spotted a lone penguin. The Port Lockroy Harbour is where the first British station was constructed in 1944. The original huts are intact and have been renovated by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.
|Winter sun and blue sky - Port Lockroy|
|Whaling artifacts - Port Lockroy||Stove and clothes dryer - Port Lockroy|
|Dining room - Port Lockroy|
It has been a welcome break to get our feet on land and to view some of the majestic scenery of the southern continent. Now itís back to collecting and processing water samples to continue tracking the elusive element.
|Tower and mountain - Port Lockroy|
|The NBP waits for the return of passengers|
Source: Shirihai, H. 2002. A Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife. Degergy, Finland: Alula Press
31 July 2006
|Searching for the Elusive Element
Using Chemical Oceanography
| Who works on the
Nathaniel B. Palmer?
|Section II||July 30, 2006 –
Special Travel Bulletin
This special report was made possible by the NSF Office of Polar Programs, Antarctic Sciences Section, Award Nos. ANT04-44134 University of California-San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography (B. Gregory Mitchell, Farooq Azam, Katherine Barbeau, Sarah T. Gille, Osmund Holm-Hansen); ANT04-43403 University of Hawaii (Christopher I. Measures, Karen E. Selph); ANT04-44040 University of Massachusetts Boston (Meng Zhou); ANT04-43869 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Matthew A. Charette), for the study entitled "Collaborative Research: Plankton Community Structure and Iron Distribution in the Southern Drake Passage".