Breathtaking Icebreaking

We spent all day today just outside McMurdo Station, docked to a tanker and refueling. Most of the scientists relaxed, or talked about what they hoped to find in their next sampling stations, or sneaked into the galley to see when the cook brought out warm cookies. (For the record, it was about 8 p.m.)

Technically, we weren’t here all day—we arrived at McMurdo about 4 a.m. From midnight until four we steamed through ice along the west side of Ross Island. The air was calm, the visibility seemed limitless, penguins yelped at us as we went by, and the scenery was unforgettable. Read on through the slideshow for a few examples of what we saw:

Just for fun, Chris went to the high point on the ship (the ‘conning tower’) to get this panoramic photo of the Palmer tied up to the tanker, with the ice and McMurdo Station in the background. The image is curved because Chris used a wide-angle lens and stitched together several images. That’s Mt. Erebus in the distance.

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About Hugh Powell

Hugh is a staff writer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and is on special assignment with the Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. He has previously written for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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