xeni at June 9th, 2014 18:45 — #1
glitch at June 9th, 2014 20:00 — #2
Dumpster diving in Antarctica. Photo: Peter Rejcek, Antarctic Sun.
Huh. I find it odd that they actually have standing wooden electrical poles and brown, bare-rock mountain in Antarctica.
Then again, looking at the maps, McMurdo Station is established on an island, rather than the mainland, so that easily explains the mountains. I still find the above ground electrical wiring to be bizarre, though - I would have thought that trailing wires would be regularly ravaged by ice and storms and be difficult to maintain?
lorq at June 9th, 2014 21:00 — #3
Really fascinating. Thanks for posting this.
sim0n at June 10th, 2014 04:18 — #4
According to this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMurdo_Station#Climate , the temperature usually is below freezing all year round, so no ice, just snow, which doesn't build up on powers lines and pull them down.
howaboutthis at June 10th, 2014 08:46 — #5
Think of it as a desert... a really frickin' cold desert.
bigjmdavis at June 10th, 2014 21:51 — #6
I spent the austral 2000-2001 summer there and used Skua central for costumes and props when I directed "Much Ado About Nothing" there. There was an article that season on Skua that gave a little more historical context to the situation (page 10 of http://antarcticsun.usap.gov/pastIssues/2000-2001/2000_12_10.pdf). You can also see the concept incorporated into a poster on Antarctic forms of property I did for a SCAR (Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research) meeting (http://www.apecs.is/en/research/virtual-poster-session/social-sciences/1094-jasondavis2009a). Glad to hear that other people are interested in it!
xeni at June 14th, 2014 18:45 — #7
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