PRS Trip to Antarctica, Jan 2006 - Page 5 of 6

Visit to Patriot Hills, the South Pole and QUaD, and Patuxent Ranges.

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Dome entrance - leading to running-water loos (Yes!) and library (also at room-temperature!)
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Under the geodesic dome
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Leaving the dome means climbing a steep ramp of snow (remember the altitude) and back to the cold
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Stuck at the pole for three days - so plenty of time to pose again
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Reading my friend Lawrence Krauss new book
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The group posing at the Ceremonial South Pole
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Our South Pole camp with the mess tent in the foreground. Our own tents only allow crawling movement on our knees
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Getting very silly while waiting for good flying weather to return to Patriot Hills
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The only shot worthy of the South Pole
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Having finally left the pole, we hunt for a landing spot in the Patuxent Range. (See the itinerary's map on a previous page)
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Searching for blue ice
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Still searching
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Found a spot to do our meteorite search
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Close-up of the ice at Patuxent
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A beautiful background against which an emerging meteorite should stand out
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We search for meteorites being uncovered by the ablation of the moving ice
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Although we find no meteorite this time, the view is exceptionally gratifying
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Snow drifts ("sastrugi") take on intriguing forms 1
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Snow drifts take on intriguing forms 2
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Snow drifts take on intriguing forms 3
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Snow drifts take on intriguing forms 4
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The search was in vain but we are thrilled by the gorgeous view
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Taking off from Patuxent [MOVIE]
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Man-eating crevasses hide innocently under the snow
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Pooped search-party
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Return to Patriot Hills with the blue-ice runway clearly visible
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Welcoming committee
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"We're back!" grins
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Champagne celebration at the Patriot Hills camp
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The Ilyushin-76 lands to return us to Punta Arenas [MOVIE]
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Still mesmerized by splendid snow drifts ("sastrugi")
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The IL-76 has landed! Time to pack...
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We leave nothing behind but tent- and foot-prints
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Still amazed this big bird can land on ice with wheels
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Last hour in Antarctica
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All of us, unwashed and tired but happy, after our stay on The Ice
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