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Pancake Day

Farewell, dear friends.

Hi Folks,

I have just learnt that I will be out of the satellite footprint for a while, which means that my umbilical link to the internet (and hence voice-over-IP telephone) will be broken. I should have some kind of temporary email address through a different system, which I will email a lucky subset of you from when/if I get it. Also, I will still be able to phone through Iridium, a commercial satellite system, but that costs a fortune and cannot be done from my cabin so it will be limited to neanderthal grunting at spouse only!

It will probably be a fortnight or so until I blog again. Until then, I thought I wold post some pics of the 'pancake ice' we have been swishing through all day. When a turbulent body of water is cooled to below its freezing point, tiny crystals of ice, called 'frazil' form. The frazil crystals stick together to form 'pancakes', which have raised edges because they bash together under the action of the waves:
Eventually, the pancakes stick together to form larger pancakes:
and so on until fully-fledged floes are formed.

Combine these things with the rest of nature and you start to go weak at the knees. Have a look, it's nice:

That's it for now. While away, I will probably look stupid most of the time. For example, photographing the sunrise at -20C makes me look like an evil goblin:

Au revoir.

Posted by DrPaul 16:48

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Uncle PooPoo,
I like the pancake ice and I think you look silly. is your boat big? Have you been eating fish for your dinner?

by dylan6

Lookin' Tite.
But the immersion suit is a better look for you I think.

by sm

Hello darlings. Got a small window of internet within the all-encompassing fog of electronic exile. Unfortunately we are heading west again soon though. Thanks for your lovely comments. Here are the answers to your questions, Dylan:

My boat is quite big, in fact so big that people are allowed to call it a ship. It is 100 metres long. You can find out more about it at this address:


I have been eating fish for breakfast and lunch but not dinner. I work at night so everyone else's dinner is our breakfast and everyone else's breakfast is our dinner. I have been eating bacon and eggs for dinner and then going to bed at 9 o'clock in the morning!

by DrPaul

Hey Dr Holland!
Sorry for the late entry to your blogging world. Looks like you're having an amazing time - photos you've taken are fantastic! I also like your very fetching outfits, very nice.

by becsmall

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