Departed Edmonton yesterday on an Air Canada flight. Arrived in Yellowknife to low scudding clouds, the bare rolling granite and spruce trees grey in and wet in the light drizzle. Around 5°C. Settled in to the Explorer Hotel with a great view across Frame Lake and the city and after half a bottle of wine in the restaurant last night everything is good. Robbie Bennett and Bob Murphy from the Geological Survey of Canada (chief scientist and coring expert respectively) arrived last night too and are with us in the Explorer.
The extra day in Yellowknife before the charter flight to Kugluktuk to meet the ship tomorrow was intentional. Lost bags can mean no research cruise participation if all your essential clothing and equipment is in them. Luckily for us we didn’t loose anything, though Bob Murphy’s bag was delayed. Thankfully that arrived this morning, proving the wisdom of the 24hr lay-over in Yellowknife.
Track the Amundsen at sea!
Use http://www.sailwx.info to track the daily progress of the CCGS Amundsen icebreaker on her transit through the Northwest Passage!
CCGS-NGCC Amundsen http://www.amundsen.ulaval.ca
My wife, Anna Pienkowski, and I have been invited to participate in Leg 3b of this season’s research cruise aboard the CCGS Amundsen icebreaker. As members of the Geological Survey of Canada scientific crew, this leg will take will take us north from Kugluktuk (Coppermine) into Viscount Melville Sound and then east through Barrow Strait and Lancaster Sound into Baffin Bay (the main axis of the Northwest Passage). We’ll then steam north to Nares Strait between Ellesemere Island and Greenland before heading south through the Labrador Sea and into the St Laurence Seaway to terminate in Quebéc City. The objective is to recover multiple cores of sediment from the sea floor, as well as seismic data, that can be used to elucidate the long-term environmental evolution of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, in particular the glacial and deglacial history of the area and the major oceanographic changes including sea-ice variability that have occurred during the Holocene.
Follow our participation in the expedition on-line in the Field & Research Blog