|The Seventh Continent|
|Welcome to "The Seventh Continent",
Ethan's Antarctic Home Page
A Special Welcome to readers who 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 mid-winter at last! The sun is at its lowest point (23.5° for us at Pole). It won't be long until the first planes arrive at McMurdo in August. We still have months to go until I can set up the EarthDial.
Last summer's Ice Cube deployment went well - we added 8 new strings to the detector. While you are waiting on me to have time to make updates, you can see what I was up to eleven years ago this month and two years ago this month
If you've been here before, you might want to look for new entries in my journal. New pictures, should they occur, will appear in the gallery Use the site search or the recent modifications page to find things quickly.
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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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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 needs to be replaced. The new station is being brought online as parts of it are completed. 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. About the only interior work left to do on the newest pods is the gymnasium floor. The new station has been under construction for several years with about a year left to go. Once it's done and the old buildings under the dome demolished, the dome will go, too, possibly in the 2008-2009 season. The old freshie shack and old workout room went in 2003; 2005 saw seen the demise of the old greenhouse, the old galley and the old bar; even Bio-Med is gone. As the 2006 winter began, the Annex is the first under the hammer, and the Comms demolition started around mid-winter. Science, and Upper Berthing will have their turn soon. To save power, the Dome is now completely dark.
Lake Hoare in the McMurdo Dry Valleys
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