Postcards from the Bottom of the Earth
Nowhere Near Home for the Holidays
In November and December of 2001, WHOI Senior Scientist and geochemist
Ken Buesseler took part in a research cruise on the Australian Research
and Supply Vessel (RSV) Aurora Australis in and out of Hobart Australia heading due south
to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. Along the way, he wrote several letters to his family
describing his experiences working at the far edge of the world. On the
next few pages, you will read in Ken’s own words what it is like to be a
scientist at the tempestuous and frigid edge of the world.
This project was partially funded by a WHOI Mellon Award and partially by Ken Buesseler’s chair with the Ocean Life Institute.
So why am I spending 45 days out here off Antarctica?
The northern edge of the sea ice surrounding Antarctica.
Crossing the Antarctic Circle.