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At long last, it’s time for me to leave this awe-inspiring place I’ve called home for 18 months.  Since the ship arrived this morning I’ve been increasingly sad and excited.  It’ll be very sad to part with Davis Station and its denizens, but I also have…
Final Antarctic Post
Final Antarctic Post
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Yesterday I was lucky enough to go out on a boating trip to check out the icebergs and penguins, just like I did last summer.  Unlike the trip last summer, the sky was quite overcast this time.  Despite the sky being less interesting and providing more…
Iceberg Cruise #2
Iceberg Cruise #2
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  For the second time this season we’ve been lucky enough to have a visit from the CHINARE (Chinese Antarctic Research Expedition) icebreaker, the MV XueLong (which, by the way, means ‘Snow Dragon’).  The occasion for this visit is the collection of…
Visiting the XueLong
Visiting the XueLong
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It had been a while since I’d gone for a decent hike (12 months, in fact), so I planned to spend two nights out in the field enjoying life.  As it so happened, however, the two huts within practical walking distance (Watts and Brookes) were both booked…
Another summer hike
Another summer hike
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Earlier this week I was asked to help with some very remote maintenance…on the Amery Ice Shelf.  Out at a site identified as ‘AM06′ there are a pair of masts and a rather large ‘space case’ filled with various data loggers and instrumentation (including…
Amery Ice Shelf sortie
Amery Ice Shelf sortie
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Yesterday, just before lunch time, we were told that room had become available on a helicopter flight to Platcha Hut. It’s a quaint little hut (a pair of them, actually) that list at the base of the plateau. Our reason for the trip was that Platcha is the…
Last minute adventure
Last minute adventure
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Beachcombing...with penguins!

This is a quick redux on my Beachcombing post.  The weather is great and the pack ice (that left us just a week or so ago) has been blown back to us thanks to a prevailing SW wind.  Pack ice in the bay means…penguins! This is what the chunks of our ice…
Beachcombing...with penguins!
Beachcombing...with penguins!
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After our most excellent Christmas and New Year celebrations (which this time I chose not take photos of and just enjoy) our first activity was to do an emu-bob of the station.  We had greatly below average snowfall for 2014, so a lot of rubbish that had…
Beachcombing
Beachcombing
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As the summer has progressed, it’s been great to see both new faces and ‘repeat offenders’ from last summer.  Now that we’re winding down to Christmas and the end of the year, we’re also at the peak of the snow melt. In a more typical year, there would be…
It's all melting
It's all melting
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