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Hello Greenland!

After two exhausting days of traveling, I finally arrived at the Thule Air Base in Greenland! Luck definitely wasn’t on my side when it came to flying on Wednesday as both of my flights were delayed, one leaving me stranded in Baltimore for a day. While getting deserted in a city or airport can be a nightmare, it happened at the most perfect time and allowed my sister to stop by my hotel and say goodbye before we both left for different parts of the world. I couldn’t have had a better delay!

Stepping off the plane and seeing the landscape around me was by far one of the most incredible things I’ve experienced. The land is so unlike what I’m used to, it was hard to resist the urge to hike up the closest hill, but that probably would have ended up with me being detained by one of the U.S. officers on the base. Despite the name, Greenland is anything but green. Although the land is mostly covered with snow and rocks, it is a beautiful part of the world, especially when the fog from the bay clears and you can see the area surrounding the base. Not only am I excited to explore the land near the air base, but I can’t wait to get the boat running and to view the area from the sea.

Our delayed arrival at Thule ended up putting us two days behind, so as soon as we got here we started working. Most of the day was spent in the warehouse unpacking the equipment, but the most eventful task of the day was learning how to drive stick shift! It was pretty terrifying, especially attempting it for the first time close to the icy water, but after stalling it a few times I eventually was able to at least get from point A to B. It’s not a vey smooth ride, but it gets the job done.

Our second day on the base was very similar to the first, we spent most of the day in the warehouse fixing up the equipment that will be necessary for our work this summer. Unfortunately there isn’t much I know how to do on my own, so much of the work had to be done by Bridger while I gave him some moral support! After dinner we went on our first hike up to some cliffs where we know falcons nest, to see if there were any currently there. As soon as we got to the cliff a male and female peregrine falcon started circling the area so we figured their had to be a nest near by. It took a bit of searching, but we eventually found the nest with three small eggs in it! It was a pretty exciting first hike for me, not only because we were successful finding our first nest of the season, but also seeing the falcons.

After we finished checking out the nest, I looked at my watch and was amazed that it was 9:30 at night! The 24 hour sunlight definitely threw me off because it felt like it was only 7 at the latest. Having to tell my body it’s time to go to bed rather than naturally registering it from the setting sun is going to be something to adjust to. Everything here has been a completely new experience for me and I’m so excited to see what’s still to come!

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3 Responses to “Hello Greenland!”

  1. Great to hear from you, Fallon! Good luck with the work. Make sure you take lots of pictures of the geology, and be prepared to give a presentation at Udden Geology Club in September!

    Greetings to the whole gang. Keep the blog rolling!

  2. Fallon finds falcons! We will live vicariously through your blogs and will look forward to reading all about your research of mercury contamination in arctic birds. What a great adventure!

  3. I will look for jokes in your geology blogs because I don’t take that stuff for granite. Have fun!

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