Wonder what it would be like to do research in Antarctica? Surprised that there are "Dry Valleys" there not covered in snow and ice? My wife starts six weeks of field work today, and she'll (somewhat magically) be updating this blog along the way.
McMurdo research station is on a rocky jut of Ross Island, surrounded by the ice-covered Ross Sea. Visible in the distance are the mountains and glaciers of the mainland. Upon arriving in McMurdo, us newbies looked at the mainland and were like, “what are those cliffs?” They were HUGE.