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Life on the ice

where are we today?

While we have shown many photos on the ice sheet featuring clean rushing water, you’ll never see a single shot of a shower. Or a bath. There are no facilities for washing our bodies out here. Baby wipes come in handy. Otherwise, we’re able to improvise on most everything found at a typical campsite.

We have been living on the ice sheet for almost a week now, and it's amazing to think how familiar this environment now seems, compared to how foreign it felt when Kristin and I stepped off the helicopter (this being our first time camping on a massive ice chunk). To veteran glaciologists Sarah Das and Ian Joughin, though, this seems like a second home; they have been camping on ice sheets for 13 and 15 years, respectively.

Read on about our adventure in the slideshow below. Can't see the slideshow? Get the Flash plug in »

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