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Bound Expedition: Arctic 2008
Final Science Log Entry
Wednesday 30 July 2008
Today we made the 7 km hike to the lower camp with
the Max 5R rover batteries and ancillary equipment. The rover is
already at the lower camp. We spent most of the afternoon testing
setting up the rover operations and testing the rover in the local
environments. Everyone was able to easily use the rover due to the
well designed and intuitive control system. The rover operated well
over the rocky terrain. The main environmental challenge was the
Thursday 31 July 2008
We hiked up again to the relic springs site, this time taking the valley route. No difficulties were encountered on this route. The teachers from the lower camp joined us by helicopter. We conducted extensive sampling at the site and surveying from the hill top to the edge of the White Glacier.
In the afternoon we dug another pit to the level of ice cemented groud (72 cm again) in and area of well developed patterned ground.
In the evening we decided to do a midnight hike to and on the terminus of the White Glacier and along the front of the Thompson Glacier. The midnight sun provided more than enough light despite the heavy clouds.
We concluded our hike at 2 AM and waited for the 3:30 AM total solar eclipse. Unfortunately the solid cloud cover did not let up and slight rain fell.
Friday 1 August 2008
Today was our first day with rain. We worked on documenting and packing our samples.
Saturday, 2 August 2008
5 AM we departed for the hike to the lower camp to catch the twin otter flight to Resolute and from there on to Ottawa.
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