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By Samuel Jaccard,

geologist and member of the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern, taking part in  the ACE project  Understanding the plankton’s strategy to survive.





We’re now approaching Mertz Glacier, where we will be stopping for at least four days. The ship had to fight its way through the ice pack in order to approach the glacier’s tongue. The glacier is grounded on the continent and extends for kilometers into the ocean and is named after Swiss glaciologist and explorer Xavier Mertz. The Akademik Treshnikov can break through sea ice up to 1.5m thick. It was spectacular to see how the ship was slowly progressing through the ice and zigzagging between icebergs. Temperatures are freezing and unpredictable katabatic winds occasionally blast the surface ocean.