In order to analyze the ice cracks, we need to expose the top of the ice itself, which as you can see in this picture can be covered by a significant amount of snow-pack. In this case, it the snow cover is only a few inches thick, but well packed (which makes it more resistant). I dug up this ice crack myself!
Just minutes after I finished my run, the weather turns colder and a little drab. But the “snow” coming down across town made it look quite wonderful… like the frozen perennial winterland it is.
The weather turning colder (and prettier… for now). The buildings at right-center of the picture are the gym (where I normally run on a treadmill when the weather outside is dreary), and the McMurdo Coffee House.
This is the view of the NSF Chalet from just outside the entrance to my office in the Crary Lab, looking roughly southeast.
This is the view of the NSF Chalet, during Con3, from just outside the entrance to my office in the Crary Lab, looking roughly southeast.In the far back you can see “Ob” Hill (Observation Hill). Again, the Chalet is roughly 100 ft. away (or a little less) from where I’m standing.
Cold storage milvans outside the Crary Lab. The view is roughly northeast toward the pass that leads to Scott Base, one of New Zealand’s Research stations.
Cold storage milvans outside the Crary Lab. The view is roughly northeast, during Con3, toward the pass that leads to Scott Base.
This is the view, during Con2, out of the 2nd floor Library at Crary Lab. We are looking roughly South, toward the helicopter (or “helo”) landing pad.
The view, during Con3, out of the Library windows, looking roughly South at the helo landing pad. Helicopters!!
View from the Crary Library windows, during Con2, out toward the frozen Ross Sea and the Royal Society Range (facing roughly South).
View from the Crary Library windows, during Con3, out toward the frozen Ross Sea (facing roughly South). The Royal Society Range, in the skyline, looks tiny in this photo.
Lastly, the NSF Chalet after our second Con2 storm of this season… so far. Someone has a lot of digging to do!
Sunset over the frozen Ross Sea at McMurdo Sound, and Hut Point in the distance.
Catching a beautiful Antarctic sunset at Hut Point.
Hut Point, with Scott’s Discovery Hut and Vince’s cross, at sunset.
Mt. Discovery just across the frozen Ross Sea from McMurdo Station, under the low-angle sunlight.
Perhaps the most radiant and colorful sunset we’ve seen in Antarctica yet!!
Watching the start of the sunset from the back deck of the NSF Chalet. The hues in the sky were particularly purplish this day.
Bev can’t contain her joy at being back in Antarctica for the sunsets!
Abe playing on the frozen ocean at sunset, so happy to be in Antarctica!!
The light breaking through under the cloud cover, illuminating Hut Point and the frozen Ross Sea.
The United States Antarctic Program’s Center in Christchurch, New Zealand; the main point of deployment for Antarctica-bound U.S. passengers.
My ECW Gear: A USAP down parka, snow goggles, balaclava, wind-proof bib, mittens, and a whole lot more underneath that you cannot see (thermal long underwear, a fleece jacket, wool socks, awesome “bunny” cold-weather boots, and more).