"Searching for meteorites and camping in Antarctica" Antarctica by XenoHumph
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I spent 2 months in Antarctica (Dec 2011-Jan 2012) as part of an expedition looking for meteorites on the ice cap of Antarctica, at the edge the Transantarctic Mountains. The Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program has been in place since the early 1970'.
Our team maintained a blog, that we uploaded by satellite phones:
Also to know more about why we search for meteorites in Antarctica or what are meteorites to start with, please go here:
Good old "Scott tents" that can resist high winds.
Eight scientists alone in the middle of nowhere!
Also you can go see my videos of Antarctica in YouTube about our camp sites, katabatic winds, LC130 plane, driving a skidoo on blue ice, etc...
Finally, this is a very unique VT page about Antarctica: it does not have any pictures of penguins!!! Yes, I went to Antarctica and I did not see a single live penguin...
This map shows you the area I am describing in this travel page: Ross island including McMurdo base, Miller Range and CTAM in the Transantarctic Mountains.
I modified it from a map in the wonderful coffee table book "Antarctica; Secrets of the Southern Continent" by David McGonigal, Firefly Editions. If you go to Antarctica, I strongly advise that you buy this book. It will introduce you to the geography, geology, climate, flora, fauna, and exploration history of the continent, all written by scientists, and it is beautifully illustrated.
- Pros:Beautiful and unspoiled
- Cons:Cold, dry and windy
- In a nutshell:So much ice, and rock and snow!
Both McMurdo and Scott bases have a souvenir shop. The photo shows you examples. Postcards, clothes (T-shirts, sweaters,... more travel advice
I suppose I should say a few words about meteorites given that I went to Antarctica to find some! So first, why do we... more travel advice
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