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TIGER in Antarctica, November 19, 2003
Yesterday afternoon (the 18th), I took the Snowcraft refresher course, but it wasn't photogenic. Not nearly as much fun as "Happy Camper School", the full Snowcraft I course I took two years ago. We watched a long repetitive helicopter safety movie, practiced setting up tents (indoors) and setting up the stoves that are in all the survival bags (also indoors). We went over the major cold related injuries (Hypothermia, Frostbite, Snow Blindness, and Sunburn) and how to prevent and treat them. Then we went outside and set up one of the HF radios that can reach the entire continent.
In the evening, they're showing the movie "Winged Migration" in the Coffee House. One of the scientists who trained some of the birds (she trained the Snow Geese) introduced the movie and told us some of the secrets. In the Grand Canyon, they had to push the Canadian Geese off the cliff to actually make them fly in the canyon. And there is a European segment where a red-fronted goose gets stuck in "oil" at an industrial site, and the rest of the flock flies off without him. In actuality, it was a puddle of melted chocolate, so they could easily clean the goose off.
A Weddell Seal Mother and Pup
In the evening, I take one of the Deltas (see vehicles page) to Cape Evans (they run these trips a few times a week). Cape Evans is the location of the other Scott's Hut (the one from his trip to the pole in 1912-1913). When we get there, there is a mother Weddell Seal and her pup right on the ice. We can't get too close, but I still get some photos. I have my 35 mm camera with me as well, and it has a 300 mm lens, so I should have some really good close ups when I get these developed back in the states.
Seal Mother and Pup
The scenery is really stark but beautiful here. Mount Erebus is shrouded in clouds, but here is a picture of the volcanic rocks with the Barne Glacier in the distance.
Dr. Eric R. Christian
NASA HQ Code SS
Washington, DC 20546 USA
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