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The James Clark Ross is now outside the limits of the normal communications satellite.  I may,  from time to time,  be able to update this page with the Daily Position Report,  below.  There will be no menu or photographs until the ship is back inside the satellite footprint.  I also hope that the ship's track will continue to work. More information on this can be found HERE

Tuesday has been a glorious day in the Arctic with no wind (it is not often that the anemometers both read 0 knots),  a mirror smooth sea (where it could be seen amongst the pack ice,  blue sky and sunshine.  Today would have been a fantastic day for wildlife spotting but sadly there has been little of that.  A few seals in the distance and a small number of birds.  No polar bears so far,  but one lives in hope and whenever on the Bridge visitors are always scanning the pack in the hope of being the one to shout out a sighting.

The James Clark Ross working through the pack ice this morning.

The science work is progressing well,  as far as I can tell,  with lots of different pieces of equipment being deployed either over the side or the back of the James Clark Ross.

Whilst it has for us been a beautiful day,  there has been a bank of fog off in the distance,  which thankfully has not managed to reach us so far.

This morning as the ship was working through some ice it was evident that it had been chilly out,  with grease ice having formed on the very calm surface.  In addition to this as we worked through the pack there were some wonderful examples of pressure ridges forming where two floes had collided into each other.

With the weather so good I was happy to climb up the Main Mast to check out a few things,  my camera with me to capture the wonderful view from on high.

With just the hint of a ripple on the surface of the water,  today has been a good day for reflections.

Looking down from the mast as the Bongo net is being recovered this morning.

With no two pieces of ice looking alike and all looking spectacular,  it is difficult to choose what to share.

Another ice view from today.

There is a lot of ice out there.  Thankfully it has not proven to be to difficult to make progress through it.

Looking across the frozen waters of the Arctic this afternoon.

The plan is to move further north to the most northerly science station in the not too distant future.  I think that it is only about thirty miles to the north but depending on the ice it could either be an easy or hard thirty miles.

Previous updates from this trip  The archive only goes to 13th July.  Once back in range of comms I will update any days that have interesting data.

Noon Position Report  

Latitude: 81 24 N
Longitude: 29 38 E
Bearing: 38 T, 247 Nm from Longyearbyen
Cruise Number: JR16006
Distance Travelled: 45.5
Total Distance Travelled: 1448
Steam Time: 8.5
Total Steam Time: 167.3
Average Speed: 5.4
Total Average Speed: 8.9
Wind: Direction variable, Force 1
Sea State: Calm
Air Temp: 2.3 C Sea Temp: 0.2 C
Pressure: 1015 Tendency (3hrs): Steady


Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com