|Like Gov. Rick Perry, Norwegians too exercise with firearms|
Thursday AM is here. So is the advent of goose season here on Ingoya, which started at midnight last night. Beware of smiling Norwegians peddling by with 10 gauge shotguns strapped to their back. Be even more aware of colleagues glueing feathers to your day pack. Regardless, Thorleif warned us that today is when "the war" starts at 5 pm (so nice to have a little taste of home). Hunting hours here on Ingoya go from 5 PM to 9 AM and no, I did not reverse the times. It gets dark here now more and more rapidly each day and to mourn the loss of sunshine, hunters go boldly into the twilight to lay waste to foul and the changing of the seasons. No more midnight walks…
|Molte, also called 'Cloud' berries with cream|
With dinner taken care of there was one last piece of work to take care of. Rob and Irene have been "right out straight" as we say in Maine, servicing the lander equipment and experimental clams for redeployment.
|A clam removed from the live experiments happening in the lander|
|Rob working on the lander clams, carefully applying epoxy|
Their sunset task was now to bath the clams in a chemical solution of Calcein, a fluorescent green solution. The point of this process is to create a known time marker in the clam's shell to be used later on as reference. The way it works is the clams ingests the solution and incorporates it into its tissue. It then mineralizes it into an accretion of shell growth. This layer is now Calcein laced and can be identified as a very discrete band under a fluorescent microscope. The clams are then redeployed, the Calcein in their system is flushed and we have a lasting, recognizable marker of August 21, 2014 that will serve as reference in studying the clam's growth with normal shell growth continuing afterward.
|Sunset but there is still work to do|
|The fluorescent glow of a mixture of the chemical Calcein and sea water under a flash bulb's light.|
|Al and Rob preparing the clams|
|Oh look, still setting, back to the science, sorry|
|Irene applying the clam's ectoplasmic bath|
Also: be sure to check out the 'SIPERG' blog, a sister blog from this trip being kept by Al and Maddie from Iowa state. Great info and great pictures definitely worth clicking the link below.