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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Wilkes - A Piece of Frozen History

Wilkes is the closet outpost to Casey. It is an abandoned Australian and American base used back in the 1950's. Much of the structure are still there buried under the snow and ice. Many food items such as tinned fish are still there and probably, as they tell me,, no thanks. Anyway, it's very popular with expeditioners due to its locality and sleeping 8. It has a wood heater and all the refinements of an outpost.There is good photography in this area. It only takes around 45 minutes to get there with expeditioner leaving after and returning the next day before work. Ahh, the beauty of 24hr sun light. Some cross country ski there, whilst other use the those bloody uncomfortable quads. But given how close it is, well ok.

The picture left is of ice at Wilkes. Even at a micro level, Antarctica produces an amazing array of wonders. No matter where you look, there is a 360 degree panorama of beauty to be photographed.

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