Ross Sea Pressure Ridges
The pressure ridges formed in front of Scott base are generally off limit to the McMurdo residents unless on a guided tour. I was lucky enough to be invited, along with others from the medical clinic, for a tour of the pressure ridges by the New Zealand medic. She is the equivalent of an EMT in the states. After a delicious dinner at Scott Base, we put on our warm clothes and hiked out to the ridges. The group brought two long wooden poles on the hike to assist in locating dangerous cracks in the ice. The poles can also be used to assist in a rescue if someone were to fall in a crack or seal hole. The Kiwis do an excellent job flagging the pressure ridges to make it a safe experience.
The pressure ridges are surreal. The brilliant blue and flowing shapes cannot be captured on film. We had a slightly overcast day, which did not help the photography. The pressure ridges are formed when the Ross Sea Ice is pushed up against the thicker Ross Ice Shelf by tides and wind. The pressure ridges also form a great environment for the seals, and we were lucky enough to see a newborn seal pup.
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