Wednesday, December 17, 2008

North Slope news: 17 Dec. 2008--update

Talked to Cameron on the phone at around noon AST (Alaska Standard Time). The boys are in the same location given in the last report. The conditions are fine. They plan to continue to the Iko Bay hut tomorrow morning (18 Dec.) at around 4 or 5 am. This will allow them to arrive at the hut, and cross the sea ice on Iko Bay, during daylight hours. The sun does not actually rise above the horizon, but Civil Twilight on the North Slope at this time of year lasts from about noon to around 3:00pm. Civil Twilight refers to that time of day when the sun is below the horizon, but where outdoor activities can be conducted without the need for artificial light.

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