31 August

For the last several days we have been lying under the influence of a major high-pressure region, which up here doesn't mean sunny weather, rather the opposite; more clouds. Some fog, but by and large visibility has not been a major problem. What has been somewhat of a problem these last 36 hours is that the winds have been too weak to allow sampling of aerosols and gases on the 4th deck; the risk of instead sampling diesel fumes, exhaust gases and particles or stuff from the galley is just too large. The meteorology and oceanography programs are running like a charm, while the marine biochem program has wrestled with increasing amounts of new ice in their open lead. Soon - oh very soon - we are going to leave this place, to go home...

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