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Tas van Ommen
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Another view on ABN
Sitting in the warmth of Hobart, I just came across a tweet of a satellite image from NASAs MODIS: taken on December 16 when we were labouring away in bad weather to get the camp established. The image clearly shows a large storm system over ABN and a swath...

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ABN - The pictorial
So our stay at Casey continues - we were due to fly home today, but weather prevented our departure. We got up at 3am ready to drive to Wilkins aerodrome and were informed that we should go back to bed. Hopefullly tomorrow morning, Saturday, we will succeed...

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Happy New Year from...
... Casey Station! Some explanation: I started yesterday (Monday) thinking I had another night at ABN, but following some firn air pumping late on Sunday night, the ice was starting to say clear things to us... there was little open pore-space left. The bub...

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Tracking the traverse progress
With primitive satellite phone link, I'll not be able to do anything fancy while on traverse. It will be short text messages (130 characters), so posts will be tiny. I'll probably send lat/lon updates and/or waypoint names for anyone who wants to see. It ma...

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Not so fast...
In my last post I was conscious not to be overconfident, and noted the DDU weather was looking a little uncertain for flying. Well, we got ready for a 6am briefing yesterday and departure straight after, but the weather did indeed turn out to be unfavourabl...

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Exiting Casey - Exciting Dumont d'Urville
The title of this post is a little optimistic - don't want to get too confident - but it looks very much like we will transfer to Dumont d'Urville tomorrow, just a week after arriving in Casey. It has been a busy week getting final preparations lined up, so...

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The Plan
Map (c) 2013 Commonwealth of Australia. Aurora Basin North (ABN) is a slightly catchier name for an old traverse waypoint called GC40. It is the site we have chosen for a new ice core record of climate extending back over 2000 years. There are relatively fe...
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