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  • Spelling

    Blogpost by nicole - July 20, 2005 at 10:05

    A little note on the spelling of place names. As best I can, I am going to try and stick with proper Greenlandic spelling for place names from now on, but they won't always match what's in your home atlas. This is possibly down to the simple fact th...

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  • All's Swell!

    Blogpost by nicole - July 18, 2005 at 12:51 1 comment

    Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the real Arctic Sunrise. The most famously rolling of the Greenpeace ships. Picture a giant half egg floating in the ocean - that's basically us.

    Our ship's hull was built without a keel so it won't be crushed if tr...

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  • Longhaired Herbivores

    Blogpost by nicole - July 18, 2005 at 11:37

    I refer, of course, to that distinctive arctic plant eater, the musk ox (Ovibos mochatus) with its famously warm longhaired coat.

    There are 103 of these shaggy beasts in this valley, or at least there were yesterday when Toke Thomas Hoye counted them...

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  • Exploring Zackenberg

    Blogpost by nicole - July 18, 2005 at 11:14

    Five of us from the ship were dropped off by the old hunting station. We were eager to see a little of the countryside. Read more >

    The scenery reminded Melanie of back home, but that's only because she lives in Alaska. For me, this trip is the farthest I've eve...

  • Zackenberg Research Station

    Blogpost by nicole - July 15, 2005 at 12:48 1 comment

    Standing a short walk from the base, I have a good view of why this place is unique.

    I'm not looking at the snow topped mountains, arctic flowers, musk ox in the distance or blue water of the fjord - impressive as all those things are, you can find t...

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  • People have been asking me about maneuvers with the heli, noticing that when in what (seems to them) the same situation, different maneuvers are sometimes conducted. To answer some of your questions, here is a basic introduction to what can become ...

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  • Polar bear off the starboard bow

    Blogpost by nicole - July 11, 2005 at 13:40 21 comments

    I've been through a lot of fire, man overboard and abandon ship drills, but I've never seen a crew muster on deck as fast as we did this morning, when the polar bear alert came over the ship's address system.

    It was a big bear, or at least it looked b... Read more >

  • Going slowly...

    Blogpost by nicole - July 11, 2005 at 13:32 1 comment

    Greetings once again from the ice. Read more >

    It's 9 p.m. on July 8th and everyone keeps asking when we are going to arrive at our next stop, the Zackenberg Environmental Research Station.

    We left Ittoqqortoomiit three days ago and at that time, our ETA Zacken...

  • Heading north... thinking of London

    Blogpost by nicole - July 8, 2005 at 10:14

    We are headed north in thick fog. The ship is rolling a bit now that we are in an area with little sea ice.

    Thom has the BBC on in the radio room. Crewmembers are stopping in to listen as work permits. Almost all of us have friends or family in Lond...

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  • Melanie's time check

    Blogpost by nicole - July 7, 2005 at 8:46 1 comment

    It's the wee hours of July 6, 01:15 in the morning to be exact. Arne is up in the crow's nest maneuvering the ship through heavy pack ice in Scoresby Sound. At some point in the next five or six hours we will hopefully be out in open water, heading n...

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