Japanese-Swedish Antarctic Expedition. Report no 19.
Report from the Swedish part of the Japanese-Swedish Antarctic Expedition, JASE. Report no 19.
We have now reached 75oS, 10oW which is our last science stop on our traverse. Here the ice surface is undulating as a result of a very strong bedrock relief underneath us. The ice depth varies between 500 and 3000 m over short distances. The mountains can only be seen on the radar screen but they tell a story of how the ice sheet once was formed here for some 20 million years ago. We will spend a day of detailed mapping of a section of these mountains for a landscape development analysis.
The travel from the Kohnen station to this site went very smoothly. The weather was fine and the snow conditions have greatly improved since we passed here in the beginning of December. On Saturday we will enter the Kibergdalen valley
which will bring us down approximately 1000 m in altitude. We are all looking forward to this as it both offer a spectacular view, and it brings us much closer to our field station Svea.
Amundsenisen, January 17, 2008
Per Holmlund and Tomas Karlberg