Friday, November 2, 2012

Kelly's Helicopter Ride.

 Kelly got the chance to help a Science Group collect their snow samples out on the Ice Shelf of McMurdo Sound.  This group is trying to understand how salt from the snow on frozen oceans get into the lower ozone layer. 
Here's Kelly in the Helicopter moments before take off.  It is such a different feeling than flying in a fixed wing aircraft. 

Just after take off, flying over the fuel storage tanks and to the right around Observation Hill.

Mt. Erebus in the back ground, Hut Point and Winter Quarters Bay in the foreground.

One of many huge Ice Bergs in McMurdo Sound.  Most of them are about 200 feet tall.  The crazy thing is that 90% of the berg is below sea level.

This is Dunlop Berg, one of the two places we stopped for snow samples.  The sea ice is around two meters thick here.

Views from Dunlop Berg.

Kelly in front of the Iceberg.

Kelly with the A-Star helicopter.

Another view of Mt. Erebus and open water.  We are about 55 nautical miles from McMurdo, the wind was blowing at 25+ knots and it was miserably cold!

The amazing patterns the "pancake ice" makes.

More shots of the vast frozen continent.

McMurdo Station behind Winter Quarter Bay.  In the middle is the Ice Pier built for Vessel off load in February.

This is a short video as we came in for a landing at the Helo pad.

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