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McMurdo Station

Mount Discovery, a dormant volcano in the Transantarctic Mountains visible from McMurdo Station, is silhouetted by the setting sun, one of the last sunsets of the year. The Last Sunset and a Conversation with Space
Around the Continent / McMurdo Station News
Monday October 28, 2019

McMurdo Station has swung into full gear as the summer season has officially begun. In just a few short weeks, the roughly 250 people populating the station during "Winfly" — the transitionary time between summer and winter seasons — has climbed to nearly 750, and community life has sprouted vigorously from every crack and corner around town. During this time the establishment of a new community begins; this season bringing a slightly different dynamic than the last.

South Pole Station

Michael McClure is the water quality specialist at the Amundsen Scott South Pole Station Snow Juice
Around the Continent / South Pole Station News
Monday July 15, 2019

Most people have never heard of "Snow Juice." That's because it's a term coined by Michael McClure to describe water. He's the South Pole's water-quality specialist and unofficially, its chief comedian. The Snow Juice tastes fresh here, so I asked him to give me some background on our setup.

Palmer Station

Just after sunset, the muted gray clouds against the dark skies make for a foreboding sight over the station June Flew By
Around the Continent / Palmer Station News
Monday July 15, 2019

One thing that's great about Palmer Station is that there isn't really a daily routine. Sure, there are some days spent working on servers all day and troubleshooting computer problems, but there are other days where that may only take up one or two hours. On days when storms roll through and dump a lot of snow on us, folks might spend most of the day outside clearing boardwalks and plowing snow down the drive.

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