Friday, 7th July: The last three leave Station Nord.
At noon the Twin Otter left Station Nord for Longyearbyen with Dorthe, Sverrir and Trevor. They are expected in Copenhagen Sunday evening.
There was just time to re-erect our kitchen weatherport from Flade Isblink at Station Nord. During summer the weatherport will serve a living quarters for scientists at Station Nord.
This is the last entry in the diary from Flade Isblink. It has been an eventful season – a little more dramatic than we are used to; but we got what we came for: All results indicate that the new drilling fluid works, so our primary goal is reached. We have got 430 m of the possible 600 m ice core and it is going to be interesting to see the climate history of Flade Isblink unfold as we analyze the core. The radar operations of our colleagues from the University of Kansas have also been successful, so all in all it has not been a bad season.
We are grateful for the financial support from The Danish Research Council for Nature and Universe (FNU) and National Science Foundation (NSF-OPP) that made this project possible. We thank the New York Air National Guard (109th TAG) and VECO for wonderful support and Danish Polar Center for logisic support.
A special thank you from all of us to the Danish Forces four FUT's (Svend, Thomas, Kim and Klaus) and the Royal Danish Air Force personel at Aalborg Air Base for their competent assistance.