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Posts by Marc Oggier

October 12 & 14 – Cutting holes in ice

October 12 Progress in the central observatory is noticeable. The main “road” system is now flagged. Met and Ocean city (science outposts) construction and the remote sensing area are taking shape with the hut that shelters the equipment constructed and the power lines installed. Yesterday the largest hole (1.5 x 1.5 meters) was cut in…

Reminiscing about Federov

Over the past few weeks we’ve heard tidbits of Marc Oggier’s adventures on the MOSAiC expedition support icebreaker, the Federov. On October 8, Marc had a few minutes to share a more complete pictures of his time. He is now on Polarstern and the Federov will soon return to Port in Norway.  On the evening…

October 5 – Anchoring to ‘DreamFloe’

The ship is now at her final destination, the so-called ‘DreamFloe.’ This afternoon, the expedition participants were invited to set foot on the ice. I went with Marcel Nicolaus and David Wagner to drill a large auger hole through the ice at a somewhat tall ridge area for Polarstern’s anchor. The anchor consists of about…

September 28 to 30 – #bestfloeever

The MOSAiC expedition is now surrounded by ice and the two icebreakers [Polarstern and Federov] are exploring potential floes to build the year long ice camp. Marc Oggier described the process for finding the #bestfloeever. September 28 We just rammed into the southernmost floe candidate… the floe stopped the Academik Federov, but in return developed a long…

September 24 to 27 – Life on an icebreaker

September 24 Life is pretty great aboard the [Federov]. We got some northern lights the first night and tonight we had phosphorescence in the wake, tons of very small bulbs of bright light flashing and disappearing quickly. Our routine is fairly regular, breakfast at 7:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m., tea time at 3:30 p.m.…