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21 January 2021

Mount Darwin: another rock avalanche in New Zealand, with a groovy runout pattern

Mount Darwin: another recent rock avalanche in New Zealand, with a groovy runout pattern.

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17 October 2019

Postcards from a frozen icebreaker – Part 2

Today we explored a very big floe, probably the biggest spatially in the whole region. Could this be our home for the next year? Extensive coverage of what look like frozen over melt ponds. Many measurements of 30-50 cm ice. This is not what we came to the central Arctic to find…

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21 December 2018

Listening to the heartbeat of Alaska

Across Alaska and a sliver of western Canada, 280 seismic stations silently do their jobs. Hidden in dark holes drilled into rock in boreal forest, northern tundra and mountaintops, the instruments wait patiently for the next tremor.

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30 May 2017

Glacier Benito Journal: Observation, Final Words & Acknowledgements

I realised how lucky I am to have observed the glacier in 1972/73 and to have photographed the glacier extensively then so that I was able to show to others one of the demonstratable effects of climate change.

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29 May 2017

Glacier Benito Journal: Departure – Sunday 16th April

The weather was still excellent for our final day for departure. I was tempted to stay one day longer but one should not tempt ‘fate’ even if the weather on Monday was going to be good.

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26 May 2017

Glacier Benito Journal: Winding Up – Saturday 15th April

First excursion in the morning was by Marcos and Olaf to Level II Finger Lower Cairn to measure its position using the Survey GPS. After that they moved to Level I Finger Lower Cairn to repeat the survey activity.

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25 May 2017

Glacier Benito Journal: Crossing the Glacier and the Mavic Takes Off – Friday 14th April

The plan on Friday was conduct Mavic drone flying from the middle of Level II on the glacier. So at 0945, all five of us set off to point ‘403’.

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23 May 2017

Glacier Benito Journal: Preparing for Drone Flights – Wednesday, 12th April

Each morning’s activity started with Martin getting up at about 0730 to light the cookers. The ground and glacier were frosted. As soon as we left the tent, the condensation inside the tent also turned to ice which fell onto our sleeping bags and mattresses as we entered the tent again to get items required during the day.

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22 May 2017

Glacier Benito Journal: Arriving on Ice – Tuesday 11th April

The first of six magical days on the ice…

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19 May 2017

Glacier Benito Journal: Execution

The team was arriving. Meanwhile snow was falling with it settling down to 500 m above sea level (absl). Had winter started early?

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17 May 2017

Glacier Benito Journal: Prologue–1972 to 2011

A dream turns into an obsession. Finally an obsession is resolved. How did it happen? First post from an expedition to Glacier Benito.

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3 February 2017

Helicopter sluicing of the Kaikoura landslides

In New Zealand, the authorities are using helicopter sluicing to remove loose material from landslides and unstable slopes after the Kaikoura earthquake

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4 November 2016

Winds of change

For the past eight days, Falkor has been operating close to land, but it will soon be time to head into the open ocean. Stronger winds and ocean swells are expected, and with them, increased complexity in the operations.

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