Andrew suggested that I do a blog post about where I am staying. It seems that some folks think of Antarctica as by the scientists, for the scientists and only scientists. The Antarctic Treaty sets aside Antarctica for science and peace- so we have tourists running around (mostly in the warmer Peninsula region) and a whole mush of science support activities. This year McMurdo town has a population of about 800. About 300 folks are scientists- the rest are military and contractors who support the science. McMurdo is kind of like Eureka (from the t.v. show of the same name), but here the military works for the scientists. So allow me to take you on a walking tour of McMurdo Town…
McMurdo Station is on Ross Island in the Ross Sea. Ross Island is a sloping volcanic Island, so McMurdo is very brown and dusty. It closely resembles a mining town. even our population is 70% or more male!
Like most towns we have…
But there are many ways we aren’t like most towns. For starters, this town is funded by the National Science Foundation to support Antarctic Science so things look a bit like you would imagine if a bunch of academics ran the place….
A lot of town space is taken up with storage. Storage of cargo waiting to transit, storage of bits and pieces that we might need later. We have inconspicuous wharehouses but also a tremendous amount of storage berms .
And now it is time for you to leave McMurdo Station
So first you must walk across town in your HUGE Jacket, pants and nonsense boots to …
Then you hop in a shuttle that drives you across town to the very delicate snow road that leads to the airfield
Then you have a 40 minute ride to
Finally you get to wait in
And that ends your tour of McMurdo town. There are a few more things I want to show you like all the cool vehicles we have, but this post is already way too long!