Sunday, November 23, 2014

It looks like the first places we'll be able to sample are some of the islands near Rothera, which will be accessed from a small boat. Unfortunately, sea ice is blocking the dock we would be leaving from, so we have to wait for it to blow out before we can do anything! In this photo, you can see some of the islands in the distance, towards the left, and the remaining ice in our way. We're hoping it'll move on in the next couple of days, so that we can get out. Hopefully, then, the snow will also have melted enough to expose the soil we want to sample!
While the sea ice is blocking our exit, it certainly does make for nice scenery! The seal in the photo below certainly doesn't mind, either.