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Dropping off the edge of the world

Updated Monday, 12th March 2007

Mark Brandon goes beyond the reach of electronic communication.

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Perhaps I should say dropping off the modern world. So far during this trip we have had all the benefits of a continuous satellite connection. That means emailing home and even listening to Radio 4 is possible. In the 'old days' (I am talking a few years ago here) the talk over breakfast was about the weather and ice we were going to see in the next couple of days….

This morning at breakfast someone was talking about the price of something on ebay!  

That changes now as we head south into Eltanin Bay to continue our science, but as a result - we lose our satellite link.

Eltanin bay - named after a famous Antarctic research ship - should be very scenic as it is fringed with glaciers calving icebergs. Unfortunately it is outside the

You know if there is such a thing as a beaten track in the Antarctic, then we have left that well behind (along with our fresh food!)

So with my communications about to get sporadic watch this space until we start heading north again.

Ship heading south.
RRS James Clark Ross heading south [Image: Mark Brandon]




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