Monthly Archives: January 2013

Blog Article about the WISSARD drillers

http://scienceroadshow.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/meet-the-wissard-drilling-team/

Meet my co workers and friends.  These guys are rad.

 

 

 


Does this make me look fata?

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This is the best example of Fata Morgana that Ive seen on the ice.  This is a photograph of Ivan the Terra Bus off in the distance.

A Fata Morgana is an unusual form of a mirage that appears right above the horizon.  The name comes from the vulgar latin word for “fairy” and an some sorceress named Morgan le Fay.  Turns out that she believed that these mirages she was looking at in the Strait of Messina were fairy tale castles and or false land created by witchcraft to lure sailors to their death.   In reality, they’re just cool to look at and Morgan le Fay was totally irrational.  Witch craft?  Really?

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These are two pictures from a friend of mine that got a quick daytip to the ice caves.  If I was a superhero Id probably make this my home base.

 

 

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Maps and Randoms

Ice Thickness Map

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RossIsland_RADARI pulled most of the pics in this post from the common drive availabe to everybody at McMurdo.  There are some pretty neat maps in there.  Here is a small sampling.

US vs. Antarctica

US vs. Antarctica

USAP Stations

USAP Stations

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Becon Valley

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McMurdo Aerial

McMurdo Aerial

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Tall Penguin

Tall Penguin

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2006 Sout Pole Traverse Map

2006 Sout Pole Traverse Map

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Scotts Hut

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott’s_Hut

Scott’s Hut is a building located on the north shore of Cape Evans on Ross Island in Antarctica. It was erected in 1911 by the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910–1913 (also known as the Terra Nova Expedition) led by Robert Falcon Scott. In selecting a base of operations for the 1910–1913 Expedition, Scott rejected the notion of re-occupying the hut he had built by McMurdo Sound during the Discovery Expedition of 1901–1904. This first hut was located at Hut Point, 20 km south of Cape Evans. Two factors influenced this decision. One was that the hut was extremely cold for living quarters and the other was that Scott’s ship, the Discovery, had been trapped by sea ice at Hut Point, a problem he hoped to avoid by establishing his new base further north.

Some confusion arises because Discovery Hut can technically be referred to as ‘Scott’s’ Hut, in that his expedition built it, and it was his base ashore during the 1901–1904 expedition, but the title ‘Scott’s Hut’ popularly belongs to the building erected in 1911 at Cape Evans.

 

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This is rotting seal meat.

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IceStock

 

 

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IceStock is Antarcticas premier musical event.  What do you like?  Bluegrass, Metallica, Hair Metal, The Beatles, Rockabilly, Ska, Folk, Britney Spears, GNR, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin?  They had it all.

 

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Pink Torpedo performing Enter Sandman at midnight.
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The official Pink Torpedo tour bus.  A grand entrance to the stage.

 

 

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Daren’s bluegrass band.  Daren is on the right representing on the banjo.  Daren is part of the WISSSARD drill team.

 

 

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Daren playing base for a couple Led Zeppelin songs.  Crushing it.

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