Sometimes when you go out on the ice, you get to see the wildlife. Like polar bears! These shots were taken last week by Tom Douglas, during a sampling trip on the Arctic Ocean a few miles offshore from Barrow.
See him there in the distance, at the foot of the rubble ice?
10-12-11: Rachel: "Hey, I'm smarter than I thought!"
6-5-09: Glenn: "It's always good to wear pants into the field."
6-2-09: Glenn: "Does that duck have a permit?" (referring to the fact that anyone working at the area of our site must carry a permit from the local government allowing access, said to a rather loud duck)
3-26-09: Adam (fellow researcher working here, and a Purdue alum!): "I can't believe I'm being thwarted by a volcano!!!"
3-21-09: Holger (German researcher working here, commenting on those who can "smell" the halogens in the snowpack): "I can see the smell!"
3-4-09: Didier (French researcher working here): "We are lucky we work with snow, where everything is soluble, except what's insoluble." (to a snow chemistry person, this is really funny!)
3-4-09: Alexis: "If I lose 2 or 3 toes to frostbite, will I get a discount on my pedicures?"
3-4-09: Florent (French snow physics guru): "Who touched my snowpack!?!??!!"
3-3-09: Chelsea: "Hey! Thursday is Cinco de Mayo!" Dr G: "No it's not..." Chelsea: "What? Yes it is!" Dr G: "No, Mayo is May ... it's not Cinco de Marcho."
2-25-09: Dave (fellow BASC researcher): "I like stickers ... they stick to stuff!"
Chelsea: "Apparently walking with a limp makes you look cool...like you got shot or something."
2-23-09 Dr G: "I'm awesome. I backed that trailer up like a man...and I'm catching stuff that's thrown at me!"
2-21-09 Alexis: "I really don't like the Alaskan wind ... or tools either..."
2-21-09 Alexis: "Wow, I actually just kinda meant it when I said I'm sorry."
2-17-09 Chelsea: "I'm NOT a vegetarian...dude, gimme some chicken!"
2-17-09 Chelsea (Purdue grad student working here at BASC): "The term global warming is far too pleasant. Let's call it Earth Herpes instead. No one wants Earth Herpes!"
2-17-09 Lewis (Basc station manager): "Ridiculous questions deserve ridiculous answers."
Alexis: "The snow looks like glitter!"
Dr G: "Yeah, that's why I study snow ... cause it looks like glitter."
Dr G in text message to Alexis: "Hey, it is -36 in Barrow right now, with a windchill of -61F!".
Long pause ...
Alexis in text message to Dr G: "I don't know how to spell the sound I just made."
6-21-08 Ali: "I'm directionally challenged."
Glenn: "Well, that big white bumpy thing in front of you is the ocean."
6-17-08 "Well, that was a delicious mistake!" - Brittany (a friend of the group)... who ended up with green tea ice cream for dessert when in actuality she didn't order it
6-9-08 "Some words are just more important that others ... and should be spoken in Spanish ... or German." - Ali
5-27-08 Ian: "Is that a brownie, or cake?"
Ali: "Is not a brownie with frosting...cake?..."
5-25-08 "We now observe the Arctic tourist. Curious creatures - they can't drive and talk too much." (Said in response to bumbling tourists taking photos of us while we drove down the road) - Ali
4-15-08 "I could be wrong. It could just be the muktuk talking..." - Ian
4-15-08 "I have whale stuck in my tooth..." - Dr. G
3-26-08 "Don't mind her, she's having an Arctic moment." - Glenn
3-20-08 "It's so cold it is almost fun!" - Ian
3-19-08: "I love the thesaurus! Shift F7!!!" - Ian
Ian: "So, you mean all this sea ice will be melted by the time we leave?"
Dr. G: "Yeah."
Ian: "That's kinda epic."
3-3-08: "Oh, Michel-Miller has a tapered bottom! We don't want a tapered bottom." - Dr. G