1.19.2010

Just watching the ice...

and hoping to see some whales. After many evenings of sitting down by the Hut Point waterhole I've witnessed some cool tidal changes with the ice. The coolest thing is the sound the ice makes when the tides change... it's a deep, crunching that sounds like big bones breaking. Very eerie and the tides are in slow motion. The ice shifts about constantly and you can probably get a sense of that from the pics below.

Here's a seal...

There are unique microclimates around our station. I wonder about the sublimation derived moist air parcels condensing as they move up in altitiude amongst the mountain ranges. What's the adiabatic lapse rates for these systems given the extreme dry climate? The snow line amonst the mountains is very horizontal, the tops of the mountains are black and the bottoms white. The point of condensation is distinguished always by a straight white cloud line.


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