Lake Ellsworth and 24 hours daylight

24 hours of day light
The time sequence from the EllsworthLIVE site

It is a fantastic time to be interested in polar science.

Right now at Lake Ellsworth in Antarctica a team of British scientists and engineers are drilling through 3 km of ice to reach the Lake Windermere sized Lake Ellsworth. This picture was posted on their www site EllsworthLIVE this morning, and it shows that where they are, the Sun never goes down at this time of year.

In a couple of days they will be done and hopefully be in a position to answer questions about the limits of life on our planet, and the glacial history of Antarctica.

Pointing to the future Martin Siegert has led the project which has had a website from the very beginning. It has been a long road and took over 15 years of planning and preparation to get to this stage, and there are scientists and engineers from many UK Universities and Institutes plus international partners.

In the next few days we will know if they succeeded this year.

I would follow them on twitter if I were you and keep an eye on the EllsworthLIVE www site.

As an aside I do get a bit bored when people talk down the science that gets funded in the UK when stuff like this is going on. For example, next year in polar research another British project - the NERC Ice Sheet Stability Programme - will see a tractor train crossing one of the regions of Antarctica which is melting the most rapidly whilst a ship is working in the Amundsen Sea offshore of the ice.

It is a good time to be in science whether as a researcher or engineer.

Sea ice and Iceberg in Antarctica

2 thoughts on “Lake Ellsworth and 24 hours daylight

  1. Hengist McStone

    Hi @icey_mark It's great to read someone so enthusiastic about their field. But don't you harbour a tiny pinch of envy for scientists who'd chosen somewhere tropical to study?

    1. London_MarcusB

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      Not in the slightest! No spiders in Antarctica....
      I am wildly jealous of the team in the field - but Martin Siegert has been working on this for 16 years. The commitment is awesome.
      But, I do miss trees when I am away. No doubt about that.


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