Evolution of the Scott Base Pressure Ridges
I am back at McMurdo Station! I have spent this week reacclimating to work and McMurdo life. T.J. remains in California with his dad. His dad is doing well and returned home yesterday! He still has a long road ahead, but continues to improve every day. If all goes well, T.J. will be back on the ice in three weeks!
There has been a lot more snow melt since I left McMurdo. The streets are dirt and mud rather than snow and ice and the hillsides are losing their snow. The ice runway is making the big move from the sea ice in front of McMurdo base to Pegasus runway on the shelf ice (closer to Scott base).
In order to see snow and ice again, I joined a tour of the pressure ridges yesterday evening. You can see photos of a prior hike through the pressure ridges in an earlier post. Compared to the earlier hike, we had clearer conditions, with bright sun, blue skies and very little wind. It was a gorgeous hike through a changing sculpture garden of ice. As you can imagine, the trail has changed a lot since I last passed through. The ridges are larger and more dramatic.
I hope you enjoyed the photos! I still cannot believe the spectrum of blue in ice. And how it is always changing with the angle of the sun. I will continue to post my adventures. And T.J. will start his blog posts when he arrives. If you are interested in learning more about Antarctica and McMurdo life, don’t forget to check out the “Questions Answered” section of this site. You can find all of the questions listed on the right hand side of the blog below the archives section. It has a long list of excellent questions submitted by AFSA students in Minnesota. Fun to write, and hopefully fun to read!