Greetings from the Winter Team 2015!

Swingin’ in the sun

The Winter Cruise Sea Team is back on shore and says “Good Bye” for now! The team was busy offloading the equipment today and the boxes are now waiting for a lift “home” to Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town and CSIR. Thato brings in the big crane to offload the containers tomorrow, so stay…

The CTD with GoFlo bottles.

Sampling the CTD

Scientists onboard the S.A. Agulhas II have spent the past weeks probing the wintertime Southern Ocean with instruments such as gliders, floats, and plankton nets. However, one of the oceanographer’s most powerful tools is the CTD, an instrument that measures salinity, temperature, and pressure throughout the water column and which brings deep water to the…

The bow of the S.A. Agulhas II slices through the pancake ice under a cloudy sky. The pancakes extend in all directions for many miles.  Preston Kemeny

A Fistful Of Pancakes

On August 3rd, 2015, the S.A. Agulhas II entered the ice edge of Antarctica. But rather than the vertical sheet of frozen water given to her passenger’s collective imagination by Game Of Thrones, this wall began as a series of frozen polygonal blobs. Known as pancake ice, these meter-scale frozen blocks dominate the region between…

Preston and Sandi hard at work!

Half way through!

Since Ethan posted about a week ago, we’ve been incredibly busy! Within this week, we’ve had to get over the sea sickness very quickly as we have been working virtually non-stop. Most of our projects are similar to the summer cruise that we did in December as we want to see how the amounts of…

Jean & Ryan talking about ‪#‎geochemistry‬ and ‪#‎Antarctica‬ and your ‪#‎research‬ with Cape Talk Kieno Kammies on CapeTalk. Credit: Wiida Fourier-Basson

Jean and Ryan on air

Jean Loock and Ryan Cloete (SANAE 54 team, summer 2014/2015) talked about their summer voyage experience and the science behind the effort on Cape Talk (Cape Town’s prime talk radio station) this morning. Listen to the full broadcast here Fascinated? Considering a career in science? Talk to us, or have a look at what Stellies‘…

Preston nearly falling down the stairs as the Southern Ocean rocks the boat. Photo credit: Sandi Smart

When the Southern Ocean Moves You

Have you ever seen an icebreaker roll on the waves? Neither have I, at least from the outside. But after almost two weeks at sea, we have certainly felt it from within. The sway begins with the misaligned tilt of a drunken gravity, and then comes the creep of a bulkhead falling towards a receding…