As part of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Long Term Ecological Research (MCM-LTER) project in Antarctica, a LiCl tracer was injected into Andersen Creek in the Lake Hoare basin on 17 December 2012. The purpose of this study was to determine the fate of stream water below lake ice. Injection began at 20:30 hours and continued for two hours. Water samples were collected at half-hour intervals from 5 stream sites and 15 ice boreholes over a 4 hour period beginning at the start of injection. Samples were analyzed for major cations and major anions using an ion chromotograph at McMurdo Station.
Between 26 November 2012 and 22 January 2013, a SonTek Argonaut-XR 1.5 MHz Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) was fixed at the bottom of the Limno Sampling Hole in Lake Hoare, looking downward through the water column. Every 30 seconds, the ADCP measured horizontal and vertical current velocities in six, 50-cm-thick cells between 0.5 and 3.5 m below the lake ice. The observation interval became deeper over time as the ADCP platform melted into the lake ice and the lake ice thinned.
2012-01-01 to 2013-12-31
2012-12-16 to 2012-12-17