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Authors: Frezzotti, M.* 
Ceinini, A.* 
Gandolfi, S.* 
Giardini, P.* 
Flati, D.* 
Pourchet, M.* 
Quintavalla, A.* 
Urbini, S.* 
Title: The Italian ITASE Expedition from D85 to M4 (East Antarctica)
Issue Date: 2003
Keywords: East Antarctica
ITASE Project
RES system
Geophysical survey
Subject Classification02. Cryosphere::02.02. Glaciers::02.02.02. Cryosphere/atmosphere Interaction 
02. Cryosphere::02.02. Glaciers::02.02.05. Ice dynamics 
02. Cryosphere::02.02. Glaciers::02.02.06. Mass balance 
04. Solid Earth::04.02. Exploration geophysics::04.02.99. General or miscellaneous 
Abstract: As a part of ITASE project (International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition; Mayewski & Goodwin, 1999), between November 2001 and January 2002, the Italian Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide made a traverse through Adélie, George V, Oates and northern Victoria Lands (Fig. l , Tab. 1). The study aimed to better understand latitudinal and longitudinal gradients along one East-West (D66 - Talos Dome) and two North-South (D85 - D59 and GV7 - Talos Dome - M4) transects, while documenting climatic, atmospheric and surface conditions during the last 200-1000 years in the eastern and north-eastern portions of the Dome C drainage area and in northern Victoria Land. During the 1998/1999 season members of the Italian Antarctic programme made the first traverse from Terra Nova Bay to Dome C (Frezzotti & Flora, 2002). The traverse in the eastern Dome C drainage area took place between 20 November 1998 and 16 January 1999, and covered about 1300 km. The traverse team consisted of eight people: three mechanics and five scientists (four Italians and a French guest). During the 2000/2001 season 69 tons of supplies (fuel, food, snow box, etc.) for the 2001/2002 ITASE campaign were delivered from Cape Prud'homme on the forward legs of the transport traverses (IPEV-PNRA) between Dumont d'Urville and Dome C; the ITASE vehicles were delivered from Dome C to D85 on the return legs of the IPEV-PNRA traverses (Patrice Godon officer in charge of the traverse, personal communication).
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