Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rothera, Antarctica

One of the met team’s jobs is to maintain the automatic weather stations that are dotted around the Antarctic peninsula. This one is just a few kilometers from Rothera, up the ramp, then traverse along underneath Reptile ridge to the skiway (a snow landing strip). The most common work at an AWS is to increase the height of the masts and then raise the instruments because the snow accumulates and buries section after section. There’s probably three or four more sections to this mast under the snow (hence the angle!). Thanks to Ashly for the photo.

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