From the field: winter 2015 aquatic sampling
A few of the technicians from D09 and D02 share their experience collecting samples during the dead of winter:
D09 field technicians, often accompanied by domain manager Andrea Andeau, collect lake water samples year-round. During a recent outing on a sunny, 0 degree F, North Dakota day, field technicians Jacob Eldridge and Ben Carroll discovered an interesting surprise while sampling a prairie pothole. While collecting water samples, they noticed that the extra oxygen provided by the drilled holes drew some fish to the surface of the lake as well as into the kemmerer, the vessel used to collect lake water for analysis. Of course, they returned the fish to its habitat, but it made an interesting "fish tale."