Where are we going?

We are going to an ice field located on the Bruce Plateau located at 66.037 ºS; 64.003 ºW. The formal site name will be LARISSA Site Beta but it will be more familiarly referred to within LARISSA as “The Ice Camp“.

This site was carefully selected based upon data collected during airborne radar surveys in 2002 and 2008 (see Figure 1) and during a reconnaissance in  February 2009.  At this time a twin otter crew visited the site to examine the surface conditions for landing (see Figures 2, 3, 4). The site selection goal was to find a location that combines these attributes:

  1. surface melting in the summer (Antarctica, in the Southern Hemisphere, is currently in its summer season) would be minimal
  2. the ice field is ~400 to 500 meters thick so a core can be drilled to bedrock within 45 days
  3. the bedrock topography is relatively flat to minimize distortion of the ice layers by flow at depth.

After extensive investigation of the ice fields that blanket the Peninsula in the Larsen Embayment Region, Site Beta was deemed most appropriate.

Photos taken by Pilot Josh Urban.

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