Southernmost Island on Earth

Today we flew 1.5 hours south of here (Ross Island, McMurdo Station) on a
Twin Otter plane (equipped with skis instead of wheels). The ride was
unbelievably smooth, and we swoooomed past the chapped lips of many a
wicked-looking glacier. The TransAntarctic glaciers drop their burdens of
ice as would giant rivers (think Amazon or Mississippi flows and deltas),
ploughing into the frozen ice of the Ross Ice Shelf, pushing all of it
slowly out to sea. Deverall Island appeared, finally, as a speck, then a
weathered rock pile. The ice flows UP AND OVER the up-stream side of the
little island, forming a giant “dome” of ice on one side. The pilots
dropped in and landed on a dime below the island, spinning around (to avoid
a large crevasse field in the wake of the island, where the cracks were all
large enough to contain a plane). Then we drove UPHILL, still sitting
comfortably in the plane, smoothly skiing up the side of the dome and
stopping curbside at the island, exactly where the TAMDEF folks had
requested. Our group included Geoff L. and Michael W. from TAMDEF, two
members of the Fosdick Mountain project, myself, Thomas Wagner, the NSF
Science Representative, and Craige, working as TAMDEF?s videographer.
Amazing trip!

See Images: Flight to Deverall Island

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