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The Expedition PS122/1A - PS122/6 - MOSAIC

Expedition PS122 - MOSAIC

Dear reader of the Polarstern weekly reports,

In this place you are used to find the Weekly Reports from the Polarstern Expeditions.

During the MOSAIC Expedition there will be no weekly reports, but you may keep yourself informed on the Polarstern blog


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PS97 Weekly Report No. 4 | 7 - 13 March 2016

Sub-Antarctic Islands

[15. March 2016] 

The fourth week of our Polarstern expedition PS97 was entirely devoted to work on and surrounding the Sub-Antarctic Islands. For many of us this week will remain firmly engrained in our memories for the incredible views of landscape, icebergs and sea life.

PS97 Weekly Report No. 3 | 29 February - 6 March 2016

Drake Passage Traverse

[08. March 2016] 

After wrapping up our work along the Chilean continental margin on the 28th of February we embarked on our first Drake Passage traverse toward the West Antarctic Peninsula. Our route was located just west of the narrowest point between South America and Antarctica in the south Pacific. We covered approximately 500 nautical miles over a widely unstudied section of the open ocean (Fig. 1). The main focus on our first Drake Passage traverse was to take water samples, sediment coring and oceanographic profiles. 

PS97 Weekly Report No. 2 | 22 - 28 February 2016

Tierra del Fuego

[29. February 2016] 

The search for a geological station in the night from 21st to 22nd February, led us from the SW corner of Banco Namuncurá (also known as Burdwood Bank) into the deep sea in the northernmost part of the Drake Passage, along the NW continental margin and up again offshore the “Isla de los Estados”.

PS97 Weekly Report No. 1 | 16 - 21 February 2016

Stormy Departures

[22. February 2016] 

At midnight between the 19-20th of February we finally had the get-go for the FS Polarstern PS97 Expedition. It was a long way to this very point. An advance group had arrived in Punta Arenas six days prior to aid in changing over containers from the previous Antarctic Expedition PS96 with our materials. Unfortunately the FS Polarstern could not access the Mardones container loading pier in Punta Arenas, as it was still being occupied by a delayed freight ship. We had to wait until access was given for the extensive freight loading operations.


PS97 Summary| 16 Februar till 8 April 2016

The Expedition PS97 from Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas

[15. February 2016] 

The cruise leg PS97 “Paleoceanography of the Drake Passage (PaleoDrake) will start on February 16, 2016 in Punta Arenas (Chile) and will end on April 8, 2016 again in Punta Arenas.