Beginning of the drift !

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4 September 2006

At 1400 hours, with the help of the ice breaker Kapitan Dranitsyn, we moored Tara alongside a large ice floe that will serve as our home for the next two years.

At 79°53’N, 143°17’E we have 24 hours sunlight, allowing us to work around the clock to install the camp and scientific base. We have installed a meteorological station, undertaken preliminary tests with the CTD sound and started to prepare the boat systems for the coming winter. Fatigue is evident in everyone on board as we work to finish this work before the helicopters arrive in a few days.

Grant