We are now in Syktyvkar the capital of the Komi Republic after a successful week or so in the field. Conditions were hard; one day it was so windy we couldn’t work at all – even the schools in Vorkuta were closed and I suspect it takes some extreme conditions to close a school in a town were temperatures are regularly minus 25. We were out working in about minus 10 the main problem is that once you take the corer from the lake the water immediately freezes to it and blocks the holes so we used a butane blow torch to keep the rods and corer free of ice.
We managed to core deep water and shallow locations in 4 lakes, and take water samples. We are now sitting in Syktyvkar waiting for the samples to clear customs. This involves them, at least in theory, taking photographs of the circa 1500 sample bags.
That’s all for now – just hope we can get the correct paperwork and we will be on the way home.