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Posts from Thursday 20 September, 2007

Images from the 20th

By Cape Farewell // Thursday 20 Sep // 22:41:16 // View

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Casting glacial ice

By Dan // Thursday 20 Sep // 20:02:07 // 2 Comments // View

Finally managed to cast an eroded piece of glacial ice, something that Heather and I have wanted to do since we first saw them, but found difficult due to the nature of the materials. Any casting material needs to be warm to set and ice melts when a warmer substance is placed on it. This time using snow print wax (used to lift footprints or car tyre tracks from snow by the police) seems to have done the trick; it forms an insulating layer between the ice and the warm plaster mix. This mould is now sitting over the washbasin in our bunk with a small hole at its base through which the melting ice is dripping. I’ll bring back the negative form to the UK and then hopefully be able to cast this into glass; rendering permanent something so transient. 

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Images: Dan Harvey with ice before casting (above) and casting the ice on the deck of the Noorderlicht (below).

Just found an image I took in 2004 of the glacier at the end of this fiord and have compared this to an image taken yesterday -hopefully these will be posted on web, the difference is obvious. Things here are changing fast! When outside day or night at least once or twice an hour you hear the noise like distant thunder as massive chunks of ice peel of the glaciers, the Kongsvegen glacier we were told is now moving at a rate of 2 meters a day!

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Kongsvegan glacier photographed in 2004 during the Cape Farewell voyage.

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Kongsvegan glacier photographed in 2007, during the Cape Farewell Youth Expedition.

I have been experimenting with inks on a cut block of ice reveling the small tubular holes that run deep within them like blood vessels. Will try tomorrow to push this work further and would love to understand the science behind these capillaries.

Had a great time hunting for the right block of ice on the second try we managed to lift it onto the small boat, felt far too heavy for the vessel but managed to get it back to harbor in Ny Alesund and then with the help of another crane from a lorry managed to lifted it up onto the quay – a beautiful piece of ice. Wanted to finally carve a clear ice lens but it has been so warm here that whilst carving its been cracking in the warmth, hope tonight to be able to pour water over it so that it becomes clear again then tomorrow if it is sunny… we’ll see if it will burn something….

If not I´m planing to set some ice on fire so stay posted for some flaming ice pics. of one sort or another.
 

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Bowsprit Blues

By Jessica // Thursday 20 Sep // 15:30:12 // View

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Hello all,

 Captain Blackeye here, eye is getting much better, going red and yellow!!! Went sailing around Blomstrand islan yesterday and I climebd onto the bowsprit (the long wooden arm at the front of the boat) – had to be hooked onto a harness, it was amazing, especially as we were hitting iceburgs and the boat was being rocked about, it was like surfing on a supersized surfboard. We saw a bearded seal lying on the ice and the captain (Gert pronounced Hert) took us as close as possible, it was great and I took some good photos with my new lens (thanks Mum and Dad!!!!). The guide (who is a total DUDE!!!) went up the mast to the crows nest and took some great photos! I got jealous so I went up to the crows nest this morning, took some good photos, got some good ones taken of me too!!! – whilst we were moored up, far less rocky, Christian (guide) went up whilst we were rocking about in the ice!!! It is really amazing here, everytime you turn around something new is in view, the sun changes the shapes and textures of the ice and mountains, sunrise this morning was absolutely fabulous!

Have set camera up on the dock taking timelapse of the sky and artists Dan Harvey making a sculpture from ice – I started at 7, Dan got up a wee bit later, it’s looking good so far – kids are helping out whilst I am at the Sverdrup institute writing this. Everyone in the Cape Farewell Youth expedition – including the Noorderlicht crew- are fantastic, so inspiring and amazing, I am having such a great time, I really do not wan to leave, it feels like we have been here for ages but also that time has flown by sooooooo quickly! I would love to say I have missed people, but it’s been to eventful and fantastic to have had time!!!

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Watch Doriana’s video diary

By Doriana // Thursday 20 Sep // 14:45:27 // View

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Thurs 20th Sept, 3pm GMT (10am Nunavut)
Watch Doriana’s video diary, direct from Ny-Alesund, Svalbard (duration: 1:10mins). Thank you for all your initial questions! If you are a pupil at Victor Sammurtok School join Doriana online for a quick QA at 3pm GMT (10am Nunavut). Follow the link below!
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Doriana’s Live Arctic QA

By Doriana // Thursday 20 Sep // 14:40:31 // 52 Comments // View

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Doriana’s Live Arctic QA Session

Thurs 20th Sept, 3.30pm GMT (10.30am Nunavut)
Following Doriana’s video diary broadcast she will be online live from the Arctic for 30 minutes to hear your responses and to answer any more questions. The live QA will take place on this page from 3.30pm GMT onwards on Thurs 20th Sept. To take part check back and follow the instructions below.
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Hayley’s Live Arctic QA

By Hayley // Thursday 20 Sep // 13:15:08 // 143 Comments // View

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Hayley’s Live Arctic QA Session

Thurs 20th Sept, 1.30pm GMT (2.30pm UK)
Following Hayley’s video diary broadcast she will be online live from the Arctic for 30 minutes to hear your responses and to answer any more questions. The live QA will take place on this page from 1.30pm GMT onwards on Thurs 20th Sept. To take part check back and follow the instructions below.
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Watch Hayley’s video diary

By Hayley // Thursday 20 Sep // 11:25:32 // View

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Thurs 20th Sept, 1pm GMT (2pm UK)
Watch Hayley’s video diary, direct from the deck of the Noorderlicht as they sail towards London, Svalbard (duration: 50 secs). Thank you for all your initial questions! If you are a pupil at Kidbrooke join Hayley online for a quick QA at 1pm GMT (2pm UK). Follow the link below!
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Suba’s dance…

By Cape Farewell // Thursday 20 Sep // 10:43:26 // 2 Comments // View

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Suba’s dance inspired by the Kongsvagenbreen glacier.

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Liam’s Live Arctic QA

By Liam // Thursday 20 Sep // 10:15:38 // 125 Comments // View

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Thurs 20th Sept, 10.30am GMT (11.30am UK)
Following Liam’s video diary broadcast he will be online live from the Arctic for 30 minutes to hear your responses and to answer any more questions. The live QA will take place on this page from 10.30am GMT onwards on Thurs 20th Sept. To take part check back and follow the instructions below.
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Update from Franzi

By Franziska // Thursday 20 Sep // 09:32:42 // 4 Comments // View

Hey, ich bins wieder, diesmal aus Ny- Alesund!!! Ich hoffe euch zu Hause in Hamburg geht es gut, mir super!!! Das Wetter ist sehr durchwachsen, mal Sonne, mal Schnee, aber immer kalt. Die Sonnenuntergaenge hier sind echt schoen. Ich fuehle mich hier wie in einer anderen Welt, ohne Stress, Laerm und aehnliches…einfach toll… Gestern war ein cooler Tag. Er geban mit dem Untersuchen von Plantkon im Labor in Ny Alesund, wo ich viel neues erfahren habe…mehr seht ihr auf dem Video, das heut Abend reingestellt wird…wir hatten sehr viel Spass bei dem Untersuchen. Und nach dem Lunch sind wir SHOPPEN geggangen!!! Haha, hoert sich witzig an, aber hier ist wirklich ein grosser Shop, der noerdlichste der Welt. Da mussten wir natuerlich etwas kaufen, wie zum Bespiel Pullis, Caps und Postkarten. Dann wurde wieder ein bisschen geseglt. Wir segelten zu einem Gletscher, die sind so unglaublich schoen!!! Nur leider verschwinden sie mehr und mehr. Wir haben es jetzt schon sehr oft “live” miterlebt, wie ein grosser Teil des Gletschers abbricht, das ist unbeschreiblich. Er stuerzt ins Wasser, es gibt grosse Flutwellen, die Geraeusche sind angsteinfloessend. Auf dem Rueckweg von dem Gletscher haben wir eine Seerobbe gesehen, die auf einer Eisscholle sass. Wir konnten ganz dicht ranfahren und tolle Fotos machen(kommen bald in meinen Blog) Dann haben wir zwei Voegel bei einem Kampf, oder einer Paarung, wir waren uns nicht ganz sicher….:D beobachtet, und ganz viele Hirsche auf einem Feld gesehen!
Sonst ist hier auch alles super: Am Montag hatten wir eine grosse Party weil Suba Geburtstag hatte! Wir hatten so viel Spass! Alle sind so nett, wir verstehen uns super toll und haben auch schon Adressen ausgetauscht. Ich will hier gar nicht mehr weg!!!
Naja, morgen gehts dann auch schon wieder zurueck nach Longyearbyen, von da dann nach Oslo und London. Und dann wieder zu euch nach Hamburg!!!
Ich freu mich aber auch schon darauf, euch alle wieder zu sehen!!!!:D
Also bis bald in Hamburg, hab euch lieb xxxx
Franzi
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