Thursday, December 13, 2012

McMurdo Station

McMurdo is the largest town in Antarctica, and this is it:

The town is located here:

I took a few photos in town at 1am after my flight, but the sun doesn't set down here so you can only tell its late because there's no one walking around.
Outside of the Coffee Shop, dates back to the early 1960s
Overlooking the Ross Sea

The first dwelling in the area, just outside of town, is a supply depot that Robert Scott built in 1902 for one of his expeditions (called Discovery Hut):

I'm told that mummified seal has also been there since the early 20th century as well.  The temperature seldom climbs above 0C, so these sorts of things are well preserved.  You can make special arrangements to go inside the hut, but we did not.  Fortunately, Google did for a couple of the other huts on Ross Island, and they took "Street View" Photos of Scott's Hut and Shackleton's Hut.  Researchers recently found a few cases of Scotch from 1908 under the floorboards of Shackleton's Hut, which you can read about here.

Here's a video I took showing a 360 pan of the sea and surrounding mountains over McMurdo Station:

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