Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dave's Trip to the McMurdo Dry Valleys

Last Saturday Dave was one of the lucky few to be chosen to fly to the Dry Valleys to accompany a Grantee (Grad Student from Ohio State University) as she collected samples.

The Dry Valleys are the largest expanse of ice-free ground in Antarctica. They contain cold desert soils millions of years old, unusual biological communities, special geological features & minerals and spectacular scenery. Due to this fact they are also the site of numerous research camps.

The only way to get to the Dry Valleys is via Helicopter and there's no better way to see the scenery. Dave & Kelly's good friend Pam was chosen to go as well, so he was in great company.

Here's Pam in the Helicopter.

The view of Kukri Hills when flying over the sea ice.

The Ferrar Glacier with the Kukri Hills on the right & Briggs Hills on the left

The Ferrar Glacier & the Briggs Hills

Flying up the Taylor Valley

The Commonwealth Glacier in Taylor Valley.

Lake Fryxell and the Canada Glacier

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