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Cross-cutting Sastrugi

3/29/2017

We traveled primarily N to S today and back. It was rather cold but very sunny again. Problem with traveling in the orthogonal direction to the prevailing winter wind, ENE (usually, but perhaps this is changing), is that very uniform drifts of 1-3 ft wave height form regularly. So it was pretty bumpy.

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Riding with the wind is more fun. Finding smooth lines to glide down and jumping over ridge and trough.

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Main goals for the day were 1) to collect sublake permafrost cores and 2) record snow depth and ice thickness on a set of lakes where late winter monitoring started in 2012 via CALON (). Looking for ice content of sublake permafrost is really interesting and will elaborate on in a future blog.
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