Thursday, May 22, 2008

View From The North

Another (shorter) post - I mentioned that we made a sampling trip last week to collect snow samples from a series of locations. Here's one of our hero shots - Ian stands on the sea ice, roughly where the Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea meet. Behind him, you can see the shores of Point Barrow, northernmost tip of the continent.

After a whale is caught, the captain (or delegated representative) flies a flag from an umiak (seal-skin boat) on the beach immediately north of the town. This is the public sign to let everyone know of the good fortune - though today, the news is generally first announced by radio!

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