May 14: Grounded

We went sampling on Monday morning, using the snowmobile for the last time. Sampling went well: we saw lots of fishermen on the ice for a big “burbot day”, and we collected a new very colored sample. At night, we went for a walk along the Ieniseï and observed water rising and almost reaching the first flooding plains. This new water level rise marked the end of “snowmobile” part of the mission We are now grounded and waiting for the ice break “party”. Today, Elena and Arnaud left Igarka; the only way to get to the airport was with a hovercraft.