Breaking Through

Breaking Through

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Polar Star, above, reached McMurdo Station on Jan. 18 (local time) for a one-day port call before returning to McMurdo Sound to continue clearing a channel in the sea ice. The icebreaker arrives each year in January to clear a path in the annual sea ice for cargo and fuel vessels that resupply the research station. Some of the cargo and fuel are also destined for Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, which is resupplied overland by tractor traverse and by air using the LC-130 aircraft. A volunteer team of linehandlers, some of whom are seen above at left, help secure the ships to the pier, which is made of ice and covered in a layer of dirt and rock. In the distance is McMurdo Station and Observation Hill.  …read more

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