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Components of Life

Monday, 19 May, a breathtakingly beautiful morning, a cloudless, cobalt blue sky, endless visibility across leadless ice, riven here and there with pressure ridges, sprawling from horizon to horizon.  Tiny...
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Pursuing Ice

As I wrote in the Introduction, the objective of our expedition is to witness the entire life cycle of the phytoplankton and to understand why and how they have bloomed beneath the ice.  This requires that we...
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The Portal

At 0900 on this our second morning at sea, we’re abeam of St Lawrence Island, making 14.5 knots (one knot equals 1.15 statute miles), and visibility’s reduced to less than a ship length in woolen fog. St....