Mar 7, 2011

Antarctica as of today.

We have just been talking about Antarctica in the times of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Earnest Expedition, and seeing pictures of how things were like back then. This set of pictures shows the work that is going on in Antarctica right now and are a delight to see. Credit goes here.

An orca whale breaks the surface of the water in the Ross Sea.

Long Term Ecological Research team member throws hot water into the air to watch it turn to ice cristals and vapor on a -32ÂșC day.

Adelie penguins along the ice edge in the Ross Sea.

Japanese whaling factory ship Nisshin Maru approaches Sea Shepherd's trimaran Gojira while using water cannons during their encounter in Southern Ocean, Antarctica.

Aerial photo of McMurdo Station with the Swedish ice breaker Oden at the ice pier on the left.

The moon setting behind Bonaparte Point, Anvers Island.

McMurdo Station during the seven months of winter darkness.

Adelies at Cape Hallet and the Admiralty Mountains in the background.

Blue sky blurring into white snow, flat and white as far as the eye can see.

Antarctica's Inexpressible Island captured by NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite.

SCINI (Submarine Capable of under Ice Navigation and Imaging).

Ghost-like sea-angel going through the deep Antarcic waters.

South Pole Telescope (SPT). It captures signals of cosmic microwave background radiation.

The base of the SPT.

Mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula.

The Dark Sector at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. 

The Ice Cube Laboratory at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

View through the thick ice taken with penetrating radar. The massive ice sheets don't just grow from the top down but also from the bottom up.

A Weddell Sea finds a convenient man-made hole through the ice to catch her breath.

Islands along the Antarctic peninsula.

Ripples of sand in the Wright Valley.

A bust of captain Luis Pardo Villalon on the site of the camp of the stranded crew of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship, on Elephant Island.

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station experiencing months of darkness.

Gale winds blow across the ocean near Elephant Island.

Inside an ice cave.

Heavy equipment operators clear snow and smooth the sea ice creating a landing strip.

Gentoo penguins.

A SCUBA diver under the McMurdo Sound sea ice.

The Dry Valleys, swept free of snow by relentless katabatic winds. 

Crates of Scotch whisky and two of brandy after being recovered by a team restoring an Antarctic hut used more than 100 years ago by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton.

Construction of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory takes place as a Firn Drill is lowered into the Antarctic ice. The Firn Drill melts its way through an upper layer of compacted snow (approximately 50 meters thick) to the solid Antarctic ice below - when another, enhanced hot water drill takes over to drill 2,500 meters further down.

The last Digital Optical Module (DOM) deployed in the IceCube array. This is the last of the 5,160 DOMs deployed on 86 different "strings", suspended in ice some 1,400 meters below the surface, forming an array of neutrino detectors occupying one cubic kilometer.

A Digital Optical Module (DOM) is lowered into a 2,500 meter-deep hole in the ice on January 4th, 2006, part of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

The Ice Cube neutrino detector facility at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

A 20-minute exposure reveals the southern celestial axis above the new elevated station at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on July 21, 2009. At the poles, scientists can study a fixed point in the sky for months and years, whereas in the middle latitutes the stars 'move' across the night sky. The white cloudy streak is the Milky Way.

An enormous iceberg breaks off the Knox Coast.

A leopard seal captures a Gentoo penguin.

Nacreous Clouds over the NASA Radome (a weatherproof structure housing a 10 meter antenna inside). Nacreous clouds (or Polar stratospheric clouds) form high in the dry stratosphere, catching sunlight well after dusk, displaying brilliant colors.

South Pole 'fuelie' Rose Meyer gets pretty cold when performing her job fueling airplanes at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

The Matusevich glacier.

An aerial view of the Dome at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

Three US Antarctic Program participants stand under the geodesic dome at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station shortly before the dome was dismantled, to be replaced by a more modern structure.

The Koru Memorial site at Scott base. The New Zealand government flew family members of the victims of the Mount Erebus tragedy to Scott Base to remember those who lost thier lives. 257 passengers and crew were killed on November 28, 1979 when an Air New Zealand Antarctic sightseeing flight collided with Mount Erebus on Ross Island, Antarctica. 

A large iceberg floating off the coast of Antarctica.

The aurora australis provides a dramatic backdrop to a Scott Tent at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

A US Antarctic Program participant enjoys a walk under a full moon at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

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