Friday, January 26, 2018

Seen around the station: part 2


In mid-summer every year, a supply ship comes to McMurdo Station. Even at the warmest
part of the year, the sea ice is too heavy for the ship to get through by itself, so it has to be
preceded by an icebreaker. This icebreaker, a Coast Guard vessel called Polar Star, cut a
channel through the sea ice in McMurdo Sound so the supply ship could get through.

The supply ship, Ocean Giant, coming into port at McMurdo

The research ship Nathaniel B. Palmer also stopped in at McMurdo
Station while the ice channel was open

Antarctica is international territory, and under the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, all commercial
activity and military exercises are prohibited. This cartoon makes light of the potential for
commercialization after the treaty expires.


Seen in the Crary lab at McMurdo Station

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