Robbie has posted a number of photographs on our social media sites in the last few days. In case you missed them, here they are….
The expedition is now finished! It was a great success. We’ve got many stories to tell, some great photos to show you and lots of samples to analyse. Here we are high above the valley of Grottedalen outside one of the high level caves, which we called The Crystal Palace for reasons that will be revealed soon. Keep watching this space.
During our recent travels into the Arctic Circle, we were rewarded with many spectacular views from above of the Greenland landscape. This is one of our favourites. We just love the striking stripy pattern created by the colourful rocks and crisp white snow.
Greenland is often associated with scenes of ice and snow, however in the far north eastern reaches of the country the landscape can be very dry apart from the milky blue rivers that drain the small local ice caps.
Water-filled surface crevasses on East Greenland’s outlet glaciers fill up and form a giant lake. Every summer, surface meltwater enters the crevasses and forces them to penetrate deeper, which eventually results in higher calving rate and faster melting.
During the final days of the expedition, the team became stranded due to bad weather along the east coast of Greenland. From our position we couldn’t have been stranded in a more beautiful place. We took advantage of the amazing weather at Centrum Sø and searched the limestone cliffs of the northern shore for more caves.
The Northeast Greenland Caves Project couldn’t exit without the generous support from all of its sponsors! During our time in the Arctic Circle, we utilised the 24-hour sunlight by charging photographic equipment and satellite phones off two 20W Arc solar panel kits by Voltaic Systems. Huge thanks to Voltaic Systems for the sponsorship! They were just amazing. The bottom photograph was taken in the middle of the day and the top photograph was taken in the middle of the night.
All of our bags were lost on the way home, but they were discovered and delivered, including this all important, very precious box of samples. p.s. This sledge box was originally a 20 man day ration box out in the field.