Welcome to the web site for Sediment and Solute Transport on Rivers and Margins (SSTORM) Research Group! Reide Corbett and J.P. Walsh from East Carolina University and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute lead the team.
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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Arrived to Punta Arenas, Chile

We have arrived in Punta Arenas, and so has all of our gear!

Yesterday was spent preparing some of the science gear, seeing the ship for the first time and doing a little exploring.  We visited the monument of Ferdinand Magellan to rub his toe for a safe passage.  The local legend holds that if visitors kiss the toe of the big man sitting to the right they are ensured a return to Punta Arenas.  

There is a lot of prep work to be done to get ready for the start of our voyage tomorrow.  We will move out of the hotel and onto the boat this evening, and we will also be issued cold weather gear to wear while in Antarctica.  

Today the winds are blowing 35mph out of the West and the temperature is around 41 degrees.  To be honest I had hoped for a little better weather to start our journey tomorrow, it looks like it might be a little rough out on the Drake Passage.  

 - Dave Sybert


  1. You guys hold on tight through the passage, sounds like it's going to be some pretty big swells.

  2. .... nothing we haven't seen in the Sally Two-Fish!

  3. NASA, National Science Foundation...I am certain there would be others for medical research and other scientific endeavors. What other agencies are there for science, mathematical and research of the like.

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