Ice Dunes of Antarctica
Ice, stripped from blue ice near Union Glacier Antarctica, piles into sand line dunes.
Ceremonial South Pole
Ceremonial South Pole, a few hundred meters from the Geographic South Pole is a metallic sphere on a plinth, surrounded by the flags of the Antarctic Treaty signatory states.
Two Pi Around the World I
Landon Curt Noll (left) standing on the Prime Meridian and Gary Bengier (right) standing on the International Dateline holding a Pi sign from pizone.org. 2Pi: The number of radians in a circle / radio of the radius to the circumference.
There was a very strong wind when we took the photo. At one point someone dropped the Pi signs and they flew across the ice destined for some place up north ... but a diving catch rescued them and we managed to bring them back to photograph a little rumpled.
The golden pile marks the Geographic South Pole as of 2011 Jan 1. Landon's right foot (Landon is on the left) is resting on the actual South Pole as of the time this photo was taken on 2011 Jan 06 23:47:35 UTC. The Admundsen-Scott South Pole base is in the background. The still air temperature was about -29° C and the wind chill was approaching -41° C.
The ice and shadow of Mt. Rossman
Nancy Miller discovered the first meteorite detected on Union Glacier
Roger Beard discovered the second Union Glacier meteorite
Our third meteorite was discovered near where the Schanz Glacier meets the Union Glacier
Ice Falls in the Ellsworth Mountains
Ice from the polar cap of Antarctica falls through a gap in the Ellsworth Mountains onto Union Glacier.
Glowing Blue Ice, Ellsworth Mountains
The Antarctic winds swept clean ice dust resting on the surface, revealing the Blue Ice on the slopes of the Ellsworth Mountains.