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Rime Ice

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Rime ice forms when we have high humidity at temperatures around
freezing point - and it looks *so* pretty!
27th Jun 2006, 01:39   comments (5)

Icebergs up close and personal

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We've got sea ice now - so we can go out and walk up close to really big
icebergs, which is pretty special.
27th Jun 2006, 01:39   comments (12)

Not the Polar Workers Strike of 2006...

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..but our midwinter barbecue. Despite the temperature being -18
Celcius, the food was hot, the brazier warm and the atmosphere very
convivial.
27th Jun 2006, 01:38   comments (1)

June - getting dark

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We're getting a couple of hours of daylight at the moment, but it's very
twilighty.
10th Jun 2006, 00:58   comments (4)

Night skiing

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Last night we went skiing by moonlight, which was extraordinarily cool.
And I took some nice pictures of a moonlit Sno-Cat...
10th Jun 2006, 00:58   comments (1)

Life around the base

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Here are a few pictures of life around the base.

The snow blowers - mounted on our two JCB excavators. These will be used
to clear the runway in October for the first planes.


The boot room in Admirals House- each building has one. Boot rooms are
like airlocks, you put on and take off your outdoor clothes and boots
when you leave or enter the buildings.

My room, looking tidier than usual. Each room has two bunks, although in
the winter you get a room to yourself. There's a little shower room just
out of shot to the left.

Our "new" Sno-Cat, one of Halley's cast-offs. This one has a nice
forward cab and a grading blade on the front, although it can't carry
as many passengers as the old one. It's used for snow clearing, digging
out sledges and moving the caboose.
10th Jun 2006, 00:53   comments (1)

May - marine science

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Part of the scientific work that goes on here involves making
measurements of water temperature and conductivity, and taking water
samples. As Helen needs a couple of people to help her do this (that's
her, winding the winch) I got a trip out in a boat to assist...Whilst we were out there we were thoroughly investigated by an
inquisitive seal. They appear much more graceful in the water than they
do on land.
10th Jun 2006, 00:53   comments (1)

April - Winter Trips

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Each year the wintering staff get two weeks away from base on training
trips - one before Midwinter and one after. I had my trip in early April
with glorious weather, not long after the ship left. Six of us travelled
the 90km or so overland to Carvajal, a former British research station
(it was called Adelaide originally) now used by the Chileans. Actually,
the Chileans haven't been there for three years now, so the place has a
rather spooky and abandoned feel to it.The aerial photo was taken out of the window of the Dash-7 during a
training flight.The passport stamp is one of the rarest in the world - it's in the Base
Commander's office drawer at Carvajal. As (at present) only around 10
people a year travel to Carvajal from Rothera (the others get stuck in
bad weather) it's pretty rarely used! The writing translates as "Chilean
Air Force - Chilean Antarctic Territory - Scientific Base Luis Carvajal".
10th Jun 2006, 00:38   comments (4)