Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

Grit Details: SCAT on a Track Comes Back!

With satellite data and GPR too / the SCAT had to look for cracks that were new. Photo: Robin Davies

This was no time for play.
This was no time for fun.
This was no time for games.
There was work to be done.

All that deep,
Deep, deep snow,
All that snow had to go—
Under the radar for look-sees, you know.

And so there was SCAT,
The SCAT on a track.
With radar in front and Emery in back
The SCAT on a track had to look down for cracks.

Last week they came back to report what they saw:
Crevasses and crackles—that ice is a maw!

But they zigged and they zagged and they back-n-forth went
They “threaded the needle”—their time was well-spent.

Another week dawns. SCAT’s through with the snow
But there’s no time to rest or to bask in the glow.
Now another tracked round is preparing to go:
Go GrIT team, go! You’re now the main show!

Photo: Robin Davies

With a box on a sled and a big tractor tread / And no feather bed with 500-count thread /Just tiny tents and ice sheets instead. Photo: Robin Davies

With thanks to the SCAT: Robin Davies, Kevin Emery, Allan Delaney, Jennifer Mercer—and apologies to Dr. Seuss.