By: Matt Rutherford On: October 2, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 4

Besides the powerful reoccurring cramp in my leg things are quite nice right now.  Nikki, Mike and I just ate fish and chips with fresh caught cod and a piece of pie made from a local berry I’ve never heard of before.  Life is good in southern Labrador Canada....

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By: Matt Rutherford On: September 17, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 2

Aasiaat is far from a metropolitan city but it feels like one at this point.  We have spent so much of our time in the far north that even basic luxuries seem extravagant.  For instance you can do laundry, which is something we haven’t done since May.  You can...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: August 25, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 4

As I write this my hands are covered in oil and grime.  Nikki still has some oil on her face making her look more like a coal miner than a sailor.  We hardly notice after everything else we have been though. Since my last blog we had a good...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: August 12, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 0

The weather has been crazy this year. Normally Northwest Greenland has very little wind in the summer months. If there is strong wind it’s out of the north, but usually it doesn’t blow hard for long. This year its been one storm after another, with all of the winds...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: July 28, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 1

Well, that was interesting. Anytime it blows 50kts when it’s forecasted to blow 25kts is always going to be that way. Our survey for NASA’s OMG (Ocean Melting Greenland) program is our primary scientific objective this year. NASA’s OMG program believes a warmer saltier water column; deep in the...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: July 16, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 0

We were only planning on being in Upernavik for 24 hours but things don’t always go as planned.  During an expedition of this nature problems are going to occur.  It could be anything from something on the boat breaking unexpectedly, scientific equipment malfunctioning, sickness or injury, etc.  You prepare...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: July 4, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 2

It’s important to understand the rate (or speed) that a glacier travels. The faster a glacier is moving the more icebergs it will create. If a glacier is losing more ice than is being replenished it will thin out and recede.   So by understanding the rate of a glacier...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: June 26, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 1

Boats need attention.  If you don’t give them the attention they think they deserve they get mad at you and start slowly committing suicide.  It’s amazing how you can winterize a perfectly functioning boat, leave it for the winter, and come spring it seems like everything is broken.  It’s...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: June 11, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 2

It’s good to be back in Greenland. Last year we left Ault our 42 foot research schooner in Sisimiut which is just north of the Arctic Circle. Believe it or not with a population of 6,000 people Sisimiut is the second largest “city” in Greenland. Last year when we...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: September 23, 2015 In: Greenland Comments: 4

A New Age of Exploration (the final blog) There was a geologist named Marie Tharp who was one of the most important people in the discovery of plate tectonics. She gets almost no credit today because she was a woman at a time

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