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Expedition One Diary

by Australian Crewmember Jonathan Clarke


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25th
Last night slept quite well, there was some light rain, which sounded quite loud, but it was only the tin roof effect and the actual ground was barely wet. After breakfast we headed south the way we came again. We stopped at a couple of points in Coal Mine Wash for Fathi to collect samples of soil for biological study while I described the regolith geology. Coal Mine Wash is appropirately named, because of the seams of coal exposed in the upper part of the Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone. Spent the afternoon report writing and then cooking tea - chick pea, rice and bean slop. Amuary, our french psyccologist baked bread, Chad made a a salad while and Guy cooked pancakes. Two members of the party went to Hanksville with all our dirty washing in an unsuccessful search for a laundromat. The ended up going to Green River and only returning after dark. However they also had bought some pies, so their return was cause for multiple celebration. There is now almost no dirty laundry to be aired in MDRS!
Example of basin in the environs of the MDRS
Example of basin in the environs of the MDRS
Guy Murphy observing EVA at Leith Canyon
Guy Murphy observing EVA at Leith Canyon
Indian tools found during early EVA
Indian tools found during early EVA

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