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Robert_Oddo
post Aug 11 2005, 04:20 AM
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There has been a bite to the air the last 4 or 5 days as I notice more and more how the transition from summer to fall occurs up here. Everything seems to be accelerated. Most of the plants on the tundra floor now have turned a brownish color, when you read at night you need a light even though the sun is still up and the air is damper and colder.
Most of us have broken out extra layers of clothes to wear.

Worked out in the zodiacs on the lake today, setting the sediment traps that will be pulled in the summer of 2006. You anchor these with a huge rock that you have to slowly lower off the side of the boat. Along the rope that is attached to the rock you attach sediment traps and a temperature logger and then at the top you put a buoy. Itís easy to get real wet doing this since the rock slips and you are always reaching in to adjust one thing or another.

A lot of the work back at the field station has turned to getting data in Excel files and manipulating data in GIS (geographic information systems). We have created hundreds of different maps and excel spreadsheets. The pace of work has accelerated as well as the hours that everyone works, as everyone scrambles to get everything done before the end of the field season.

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tundra plants turning color

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laying out the traps on beach, they must be proper depth

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attaching trap parts on land

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huge rock anchors

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help arrives

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last minute adjustments

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slowly lowering traps on boom

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Mike downloading some data in the field
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Janet_Warburton
post Aug 11 2005, 02:33 PM
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Hi Bob.

It is amazing how fast the seasons change in the Arctic....everthing in the Arctic seems to be about drama. The best part of fall is the smell of the tundra that goes along with the crispness of the fall air. Enjoy the colors! Snow isn't far away smile.gif

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Robert_Oddo
post Aug 11 2005, 07:14 PM
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Hope to get to play in the snow a bit. So far only some snow on the peaks.
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