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Ethan's Antarctic Home Page
To all of you who have found your way here thanks to International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Ahoy, Me Hearties!
If you found my webpage mentioned in the April, 2005, edition of "Cooking Light" Magazine. You'll find my mention of cooking Thai curry in the Antarctic here.
It's Summer at last, at Pole, following two weeks of weather delays mostly due to conditions at McMurdo.
This Summer season at Pole started off differently than in recent years. Because of early-season cold weather over the past few Octobers, the usual station-opening LC-130 flight around 20 October was scheduled for 29 October (arriving in the wee hours of 31 October), coming on the heels of six scheduled (five actual) "pre-opening" flights on a Basler (a modernized DC-3, essentially). I was originally scheduled to go down on the fourth flight (on Sunday), arriving about the same time I usually do, just not on the first plane of the year. But, due to days and days of bad weather, I didn't get down to Pole until 27 October. At least I did make the final Basler flight of the pre-season schedule.
Last summer's Ice Cube deployment went well - they added 13 new strings to the 8 we installed the year before, taking it from 'IC9' to 'IC22'. This season's plans are to install 14-18 strings.
While you are waiting on me to have time to make updates, you can see what I was up to two years ago, four years ago, and twelve years ago this month.
I was surprised be browsing through the Sunday paper in Christchurch and running across a picture of me at the Pole from July, 2004, as I posed for my 300 Club photo
Readers of the online geek comic UserFriendly might recognize me from the 2004 plot-line when the UF crew visited the South Pole.
If you've been here before, you might want to look for the most recent entries in my journal. I am still recovering from fallout from my emergency rehosting last year, but at least my gallery and site search are working again (the recent modifications page and feedback pages are still out of order).
The answer to the number one question, "how many continents are there?" is seven: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe and Australia (in decreasing order of size).
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Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
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Living and Working on the 7th Continent
Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
The Dome, built in 1975, is getting buried too deeply in the snow to dig out every year and except for food storage, all but abandoned. The new station was brought online as parts of it were completed, with total conditional occupancy granted before the start of the 2006 winter. The new Galley went operational at the beginning of the 2003 Winter season, the new Bio-Med, Laundry, and Store were opened to the general station population at the end of the 2003-2004 Summer season, and the new Greenhouse had its first plants by mid-winter 2004. The last two pods, A4 summer housing, and B4, the gymnasium, were enclosed as the 2004-2005 summer ended. Comms moved up from the dome in the middle of the 2005-2006 Summer, then the gym was completed over the 2006 winter. The new station was under construction for several years, and all the old buildings under the dome have now been demolished. The dome itself has only a few seasons until it, too, heads North in triwalls in the back of a Herc. The old freshie shack and old workout room went in 2003; 2005 saw the demise of the old greenhouse, the old galley and the old bar; even Bio-Med is gone. The Annex was the first under the hammer in 2006, then the Comms demolition started around mid-winter. Upper Berthing was the last to go that winter, then Science in 2007. Except for food pulls, the Dome stays dark, and is presently off-limits due to the heavy equipment digging out the old Power Plant Arch to the left of the Dome Entrance. Soon, even the Entrance will be dismantled as part of the Cargo Facility upgrades.
Lake Hoare in the McMurdo Dry Valleys
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