The perforation operations on the summit glacier of the Ortler mountain continue. After having entirely perforated the glacier for the first time, the researchers are now working on a second ice core, which will be extracted a few metres from the first one.
One – nil!
This is the result of the match currently being played between researchers and nature on the “pitch” located on the Ortler glacier, at 3,850 metres.Yesterday the perforation system reached 74 metres depth and extracted an ice core from the glacial soil, the part that lies directly on the rock. This can clearly be proven by the fact that the lower glacier layer contains rock fragments.
The second day of work on the summit glacier of the Ortler mountain and 50 metres of ice cores have already been extracted (See the picture gallery).
The favourable weather conditions have allowed the researchers to speed up operations.
No particular problems have been detected so far and the health of the personnel present on the mountain is also good. They are being constantly monitored by the medical team of EURAC’s Institute of Mountain Emergency Medicine. Their work also involves collecting medical and scientific information that could help to better understand altitude sickness and particularly pulmonary oedema.
We publish today the first pictures of the camp on the glacier of the Ortler mountain. (See the picture gallery of the base camp)
The particularly favourable meteorological conditions (sun and no wind) have allowed the researchers to work well. Yesterday they were already able to fix the tent over the metal structure that contains the ice perforation system. It was fixed as high as possible and very close to the upper edge of the glacier where, according to the plan, the first ice core will be extracted.
The research team has now reached the summit glacier of the Ortler mountain, located at 3,950 metres. Helicopters brought both researchers (ten people) and 60 tonnes of material to the site where the ice core extraction will take place. A camp with tents (both for sleeping and cooking) and the drilling spot with all supporting structures have been set up.
Twenty high school students from the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen (ten Italian and ten German-speaking) together with their accompanying teachers have started the Glaciology camp at the Hotel Franzenshöhe, which is located on the way to the Stelvio pass (See the Glaciology camp Programme). In the coming five days they will meet experts, researchers, glaciologists and guides from the Stelvio National Park. The main goal will be to better understand the research aspects of the Ortler project and the surrounding environment.