Scenes from Byrd Station, Antarctica


Here’s a smattering of photos from around Byrd camp.

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My tent backlit by the midnight sun.

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“Group mode” at work. Our team makes decisions in a specific way that allows for all issues and options to be heard about anything that comes up. Read: we have meetings and make cracks about “group mode” a lot. This was a particularly late and long meeting.

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There was no “science” sign, so we got labeled “Medical and Comms”. Which is true in a sense since all the medical equipment was stored in there and we had a satellite phone…

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Flight Mechanic standing in the cold next to the generator waiting for the plane to land.

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These rainbows around the sun are pretty common in Antarctica and are often called “sun dogs”. I don’t know why. Bonus points if you can pick out the black speck that is the Basler as it flies into the sun.

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Ready to go.

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We did a survey of Byrd Camp to go along with the snowmobile survey of the runway. Here’s JKB flying overhead.

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The freezer cave, where the camp’s frozen food is stored.

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It was built years ago and was once above ground, but has since been buried by snowfall.

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Extra food is left year to year and the freezer cave will be dug out again when the camp is repopulated next austral summer.

 

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