August 4, 2015, evening: We have arrived

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We broke through the heavy sea ice and dodged the icebergs, now in open water deep in Petermann Fjord and we can see the ice front. We made it! Vertical walls 2000 feet above it, ice cap on top falling off the edges. Waterfalls blowing in the wind.

Ice Shelf FrontI spent the day on shore via helicopter, near the entrance to Petermann Fjord. We sampled the shoreline (for a view of the modern environment and sediments) amid towers of ice (gun guard scanning for bears). We mapped up the delta toward the glacier. The helicopter ride over the sea ice was spectacular. Tomorrow I helicopter over the glacier, back to finish the mapping.

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