Marble Point Air Facility

Marble Point is the refueling station for helicopters operating in the Dry Valley region of Antarctica. It’s located about 50 miles across the Sound from McMurdo Station on the coast of Victoria Land. It’s also the place where McMurdo Station was almost built because there are ice free areas large enough to build a runway.  During the 1957/1958 IGY (international geophysical year) smaller planes did land here on a runway constructed by the US military.  I had a 3 hour stop over here on my way back from the Dry Valley’s. Click for larger photos.

Emperor Penguins along sea ice edge during the ice break up on McMurdo Sound
Emperor Penguins along sea ice edge during the ice break up on McMurdo Sound
Arriving at Marble Point on a flight from Lake Hoare and New Harbor.
Arriving at Marble Point on a flight from Lake Hoare and New Harbor.
Marble Point Station and the massive Wilson Piedmont Glacier.
Marble Point Air Facility and the massive Wilson Piedmont Glacier.
Wilson Piedmont Glacier next to Marble Point Station
Wilson Piedmont Glacier
Marble Point Station
Marble Point Air Facility
Lunch in the station
Lunch in the station with the station cook Lisa Mineli (standing), station manager Gavin Stewart on left, Helo pilot Keith Cox facing me, and fuelies Johnathan Rees and Hanna Dalian.
Marble Point Air Facility building
Marble Point Air Facility building
Tracks in the snow
Tracks in the snow
Emperor Penguins on Sea Ice next to open water, the first I had seen in Antarctica. I spotted an Orca whale poking its nose up through the loose ice near here but didn't manage to get a photo.
Emperor penguins on sea ice next to open water, the first I had seen in Antarctica. Shortly after I took this photo I spotted an Orca whale poking its nose up through the loose ice near here but didn’t manage to get a photo. The helo pilot looped back but we couldn’t find the whale.

 

 

 

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