Raw Video: Jason Box Looks Down a Moulin

August 20, 2014

Some groups have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars using helicopters and gyrostabilized cameras, to peer into the inner maw of Greenland’s mysterious Moulins, places where surface water plunges deep within the ice cap.

The Dark Snow Project, lacking those resources, made due with a scrap aluminum pole,  an improvised drone vehicle, and a couple of GoPros.

Jason Box on DarkSnow.org:

We managed 26 UAV missions that fill the intermediate scale between our point measurements and that from satellite. Marek delivered a heavy box of ice samples to Copenhagen. On camp for most days, Karen developed a regular 2 day routine that has delivered for example 2,262 spectral reflectance point measurements as part of 29 surveys. The count of microbiological cell counts is staggering.
Coptering over moulins produced some video useful in communicating a video we call “follow the water” I presented at the AGU in 2013 and that will appear soon as a from Peter Sinclair. Several videos are in production to be shared in coming days, weeks, months.

8 Responses to “Raw Video: Jason Box Looks Down a Moulin”


  1. Awesome shots.

    Using satellites, the Greenland ice sheet’s net ice volume loss is measured to be 375 (+-24) cu km per year.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28852980


  2. The microphones on the GoPros seem to be missing the intensity of the water flow.  I’d think there would be more of a roar.

    Seeing how the moulins cut through the ice, they look like the way that Niagara Falls has cut its way back from the edge of its escarpment over time.  They chew slots into the ice, making bigger and bigger passages.  What effect this has on drainage is obvious; beyond that is unclear to me.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      go pro’s have a default waterproof, and somewhat sound dampening, enclosure.
      I have some more video coming that has better sound.

  3. andrewfez Says:

    moulin bleu – not a hole i would like to fall into….


  4. […] Some groups have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars using helicopters and gyrostabilized cameras, to peer into the inner maw of Greenland's mysterious Moulins, places where surface water plunge…  […]

  5. redskylite Says:

    Thanks for sharing those videos, the state of the snow in that little corner of the world is staggering, and no doubt reproduced in many other locations. Easy to see where the slow but steady sea rise is coming from (even discounting the expansion due to warming).


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