Disko highlights

We haven’t had time to blog the past few days as we have had some long days in the field but we have completed the field work on two lakes, collecting Russian and short cores of what we hope will be full Holocene sediment sequences (more on that in a later post). One more lake to go!

For now though, here are some of the highlights of Disko Island.
From the windows at Artisk station (below) we can see icebergs and the airport (including the early morning helicopter departure to Aasiaat). The weather by the station has been quite foggy , but our guide tells us that this usually indicates good weather in the mountains…..

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…and this turned out to be the case.  The weather has been cold (average -10 degrees C), but generally very clear and sunny, which has been fantastic for finding our way to the lakes using snowmobiles.

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There are beautiful basalt mountains with distinctive plateaus on the top.

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And a good set of snowmobile tracks, with Erik our guide showing us the way; it also turns out that Erik is pretty handy with an ice drill.

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However, during rush hour the traffic on the snowmobile tracks can get a little heavy

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More later on the coring that we have been doing.

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