|Seal head shot!|
The project involved sampling and measuring hundreds of mummified seals that died usually thousands of years ago. These seals can reveal what past populations were, what they ate, and how these abundant animals responded to changes in the climate. This information will help reveal how they may react to current warming in the Antarctic.
I learned a ton about seal identification, bones, the breakdown of bodies, and also about the area: the glaciers and landforms and history of research there.
We kept pretty busy but I made the time to do a few sketches while we were there! 24 hours of sun made doing this more convenient! Had to bundle up a bit, but temps were usually warmer than back in Maine !
I will do some more posts on my trip soon to share more pictures and stories !
|Seal mummy close to our camp in Marshall Valley|
|Camp in Wright Valley. In the background is the Denton Glacier and the peak is Loki ( this was the Asgard range). We slept two to a ten in the tall yellow Scott tents and the striped tent was our big cook/hang out tent|
|The large southern end of the Clark Glacier coming into Wright Valley|
|I began to sketch this section of Victoria Valley but the helicopter arrived to bring us back to camp so I haven't finished it yet !|