Commonwealth Glacier and Explorers Cove

On my last day at New Harbor, I took a hike to the Commonwealth Glacier with Laura Von Rosk, research assistant at New Harbor.  The Glacier is three miles to the west of the New Harbor Station over several hills and Coral Ridge. Here are some landscapes of the glacier, Taylor Valley, and Explorers Cove. Click for larger pics.

The view looking west up Taylor Valley from Coral Ridge on the hike to the Commonwealth Glacier.
The view looking west up Taylor Valley from Coral Ridge on the hike to the Commonwealth Glacier. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hike almost the entire length of Taylor Valley from New Harbor to the Taylor Glacier during my 8 day/night stay in the valley. Both the Commonwealth Glacier (closest) and the Canada Glaciers can be seen, as well as Lake Fryxell between the glaciers.
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The massive Commonwealth Glacier. We estimated this wall to be about 80 feet high.
Commonwealth Glacier
Commonwealth Glacier
Commonwealth Glacier Detail
Commonwealth Glacier Detail
Looking toward Explorers Cove from Coral Ridge
Looking toward Explorers Cove from Coral Ridge, Mount Erebus and Ross Island in distance across McMurdo Sound. In the distance are 2 grounded icebergs off Cape Bernacchi.
Explorers Cove
Explorers Cove
Old ice on Explorers Cove, with Mount Erebus over 50 miles away
Old ice on Explorers Cove, with Mount Erebus over 50 miles away

 

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