I hopped on a shuttle to drive to the neighboring camp run by the Kiwi's (New Zealanders) called Scott Base named after Robert Falcon Scott who first landed here in 1901 in the Discovery. I went to their store to compare what kind of trinkets they were selling and found a couple items to bring back. I'm ticked I didn't bring my camera because their camp is right along the sea ice edge where there are crevasses leading to exposed water and with that a couple hundred Weddell Seals were out sunning themselves perhaps after munching on an Adelie penguin.
Either way, I came back to base and went over to the Crary Labratory where the scientists bring their field work back to analyze and earn thehir grant money back. There are hundered of projects going on varying from Glaciology, microbiology, genetics, atmospheric, particle physics, you name it there are a hundered PhD's studying it.
|The front of the Crary Lab|
|Adelie Penguin researcher David Ainley|
|Our tour guide explaining how many PhD's it take to screw in |
a light bulb. Actually its a special light that is dipped into the lakes
in the dry valleys (see previous post) to help measure bio activity
year round in the water beneath the lake ice.
|Holding a piece of 50,000 year old history|
|Touching the touch tank|
|Some local critters|
|An ancient stump from the Queen Alexandra Range in central Antarctica|