||May 21, 2000, am
Busy Night/Special Ceremony Planned
Photo shows a portion of core KC-23 being sub sampled. The band of material in the center of the image is a diatom layer. Diatoms are phytoplankton and need sunlight, a clear indication that at this time the Larsen ice shelf did not cover this area.
Sunday Morning 8 am: snowing hard, temperature 3 degrees above zero F
A busy night was spent processing 3 kasten cores collected by the day shift on Saturday afternoon and evening. We are seeing more and more evidence of times when the area was not covered by a permanent ice shelf. We are also seeing evidence of sediments derived from different source rocks on the peninsula, which suggests changing flow directions in the ice feeding the ice shelf over time.
Today we will break for two hours for a special celebration. Graduating seniors Nat Warner and Courtney Zimmer would be attending graduation festivities today if they were at Hamilton. Since they are here, a graduation ceremony will be held on the ship with the Captain presiding. Photos to come in tonight's posting. Unlike President Tobin, we do not have to decide if it will be inside or outside at 3 degrees and snowing like mad; it's an inside day.
Best wishes to all Hamilton graduates on this special day. Hope you have good weather for your celebration.