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Russian-U.S. Arctic Census 2012

One Last Day...

By Kate Stafford, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington
September 15, 2012

Bear tracks in the snow on an ice floe.

Bear tracks in the snow on an ice floe. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 452 KB).

We are on our last full day at sea, all the stations have been sampled and samples sorted and we are ending our voyage with the long transect home along the Russian coast and through Bering Strait. We are due to arrive in Nome tomorrow at noon (ADT). Despite a (very) bumpy start, overall the cruise has been very successful. Here are a few last photos from the cruise.

Khromov plies through glassy seas.

The Russian research vessel Professor Khromov flies through glassy seas. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 336 KB).

A lone walrus breaks through new ice.

A lone walrus breaks through new ice. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 375 KB).

Marshall Swartz monitors data from the CTD device.

Marshall Swartz monitors data from the CTD device. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 630 KB).

Snow on the deck of the Khromov.

Snow on the deck of the Khromov Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 509 KB).

An ivory gull.

An ivory gull. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 424 KB).

Scientists gather on the deck of the Khromov on the lookout for polar bears.

Scientists gather on the deck of the Khromov on the lookout for polar bears. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 433 KB).

This is not a plate of cookies...

This is not a plate of cookies... Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 399 KB).

Broken pack ice.

Broken pack ice. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 553 KB).

Father and baby murre.

Father and baby murre. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 460 KB).

Katrin Iken and Lauren Bell preparing to sort trawl samples.

Katrin Iken and Lauren Bell preparing to sort trawl samples. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 634 KB).

A view of Herald Island.

A view of Herald Island. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 347 KB).

Kitti wake fishing behind the Khromov.

Kitti wake fishing behind the Khromov. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 513 KB).

Brenda Holladay covered in mud.

Brenda Holladay covered in mud. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 463 KB).

Mike Kong processing water samples.

Mike Kong processing water samples. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 435 KB).

Wrangel Island in the early morning.

Wrangel Island in the early morning. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 347 KB).

New sea ice fingers.

New sea ice fingers. Image courtesy of Kate Stafford, 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Download larger version (jpg, 447 KB).

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