Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Changing Landscape of McMurdo

There have been a lot of changes around town this season. Four buildings were torn down and the process of painting all the buildings to one color has begun.

NSF chose the color of blue shown here on building 155. It's such a large building that this is the only one completed this season. We've heard they would like to get possibly 20 more buildings painted next season. It's certainly going to change the look of the place having everything one color.These next two photos are of the demolition of building 83. This used to house our weight gym, bowling alley, bouldering cave, ceramics lab and craft room. The bowling alley and ceramics lab were truly missed this season as they were both very popular and heavily used.
The next two photos are of buildings 175 and 126, both of which were on a hill sitting above town. The first photo shows building 175, which was used as storage over the past number of years.
This photo shows what's left of building 126. This building was heated and used for storing "do not freeze" items. We used to store a lot of cargo here that was DNF for the South Pole station.
Now most of those items will remain in Christchurch over the winter and won't be flown down until they are needed at Pole.

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