Category Archives: Antarctica

Smithsonian Article and TED X

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Digging-for-the-Secrets-Beneath-Antarctica-208342141.html

TED X Bozeman

http://www.youtube.com/embed/mTwS9_PReM4

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Castle Rock

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Castle rock is exactly what it sounds like.  Its castle that looks like a rock.  Or a rock that looks like a castle.  I couldnt really figure out which way it goes but it sure is fun to climb up.  If there are any old school Nickelodeon fans out there its kind of like the Aggro Crag in the show Guts.  Wind, snow, tumbling rocks, international fame and glory.  Lets go to Moe for the official time.

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This is the view from the top.  The other other panoramic shots in this post are also from the top of the rock.

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Finding this machine parked in the snow 3 miles away from station with no keys in it was arguably the most disappointing time in my life.  Its a Tucker Sno Cat.  Vintage: 1984.  This thing is perfect.  Hydraulic steering, 4 track drive and a cozy little cab in the back.  I just need to figure out why I need one of these back in Oregon and convince Becky that its a necessity.  The dog would like it too.  This ones name is Stella.  I spent more time in the cab of this thing than I did on Castle Rock.

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Another sweet machinery/landscape juxtaposition for the collection.  Score.

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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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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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MAAG, Traverse and Ob Hill

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The traverse left for Lake Willans yesterday afternoon.  Here is a link of the traverse guys rolling out.

The WISSARD Traverse began its ~12 day journey to Subglacial Lake Whillans, today December 30th. WISSARDS gathered at the WISSARD test site to wish the traverse team well. The traverse travels an average of 7 miles an hour with 12 tractors towing wissard drill and science equipment. The traverse team hopes to reach the sheer zone, 20 miles from the WISSARD test site, on Day 1

We will be in town building another small hot water drill until January 14th when we fly out to the field site.

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Each year McMurdo has an art show in the carpentry shop.  This wheel of death was out in front of the entrance for people to get hurt on.

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Inside this tent was he video footage of the SCINI robot going downhole in test hole we drilled.

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Downhole footage

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Observation Hill

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Climbing Ob Hill

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