A Polar Passage is my effort at chronicling four months spent as Assistant GAW Lab Operator in Alert, Nunavut.  With a view to providing a window into day to day life on station and in the lab, I will be posting updates on a weekly basis.  These should include pictures that will hopefully capture something of the surrounding beauty in ways which my writing cannot.  There is so much to describe. While the light still lingers my focus will be on the outdoors though it will certainly change with the onset of darkness.

For those of you here to see photos, I have included a number within a dedicated folder entitled as would be expected, ‘Photos’.  Enjoy!

To those of you here to read, I will do my best to keep each post engaging.

Should you have any questions, I am happy to answer them.  Presumably I know you and we have a way to communicate.  If not, leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Thanks for reading,



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