Impromptu Ice Sculptures

Ross Island, where I spent my first week in Antarctica, sits just at the northern edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest glacier in the world. Most days, wind barrels along this 400-mile-long plain, blowing wraiths of snow before it. Occasionally conditions combine to create beautiful and eerie formations. These sculptures are remnants of an ice wall built during Happy Camper School, an overnight course in Antarctic survival that we attended last Tuesday and Wednesday.

(Christopher Linder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Hugh will be posting from Antarctica through late December. Follow his adventures at Polar Discovery.

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