Black Island Panoramas

Black Island is the communications hub for McMurdo, with large microwave dishes pointed low at the horizon in order to see  satellites much further north. I visited Black Island on Nov 5, 2015 and have two previous posts about Black Island on this blog. Now that I’m home and have a little time on my hands I’m going through my files selecting some of the better images, and will be posting those here over the next weeks. Here are some landscapes from Black Island. Because Black Island was my first trip into the field when in Antarctica, I was particularly struck by the landscape,  the dark volcanic soil with zero plant life so like images that I have seen from the Mars rovers or early Apollo Moon photographs. Click for larger images.

 

Black Island Station
Black Island Station on a very rare calm day.
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Pond east of the station, and the hills of Black Island. The Island stays mostly snow and ice free because of the high winds and the black volcanic soil encourages melting.
Ross Ice Shelf and Mount Discovery.
Looking south at the Ross Ice Shelf and Mount Discovery.
Station communication dome. Ross Island and McMurdo in the distance.distance
Station communication dome, and Ross Island with 12,448 foot Mount Erebus volcano.
Mount Erebus and the dark area below the volcano is the Hut Point Peninsula with McMurdo inside the arms of the dark area.
Looking across 20 miles of the Ross Ice Shelf at Ross Island, the summit of Mount Erebus is 45 miles away. The dark area below Erebus is the Hut Point Peninsula with McMurdo Station located at the end of the peninsula. Observation Hill can be made out on the right side of the peninsula, Arrival Heights on the left side, and Castle Rock is above and behind McMurdo. Look carefully on the ice shelf below Hut Point and you will see Pegasus Airfield, and several active science project locations.
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