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Our scientific work was actually already finished. And everyone just wanted to sleep. But then THE opportunity arose...
Sixteen hours of daylight. This was the beginning of our trip. We have now arrived at about nine hours. As quickly as an arctic summer begins, it is also over again. However, this does not detract from the work on board.
It took us seven days to reach our first station. We are interested in carbon, sediment and nutrient dynamics on the Beaufort Shelf. That’s why we needed to wait a bit until we finally went to where the Northwest Passage ends.
Since 09 September we are at sea. A charter flight with about 35 crew members and the same number of scientists brought us from Québec City to Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
It is not easy to tell you how many we are - I have not even tried to count. Since more than three years we work on this project and it will take even longer to work on all the data and samples we will bring back to our labs and offices and to our partners all over the world.
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