Sparkly Snow

Sparkling snow
Sparkling snow

May 26

Hi Kip: I've struggled to get this on, I was going to say film, but anyway--

Over the last few days as we have neared Summit the weather has been glorious. The snow surface has smoothed out and is covered in  delicate hoarfrost crystals that, under the brilliant sun, sparkle with the color of a myriad faceted diamonds...or is it just my tinted sunglasses?

The Greenland Inland Traverse is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). CH2M HILL Polar Services and Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratories are working together with the NSF to develop the traverse infrastructure and route. The 2010 spring traverse has several foci: find a safe overland route to Summit Station to help reduce logistical costs and environmental impacts of conducting research there; provide a research platform for scientists conducting field work in Greenland; optimize mobility by focusing on the sled/snow interface.  For more field notes coverage of GrIT, click here

GrIT contact:

Allen Cornelison, Polar Field Services, CH2M HILL Polar Services

GrIT project manager

allen at