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Sorting It Out

Sorting It Out

A scavenger bird of the Antarctic, skua is also the adopted name for the collection of miscellaneous items that USAP participants leave behind for use by current and future residents. The collection of available skua is never greater than at the beginning of the winter.

More than a thousand USAP participants pass through McMurdo Station during an austral summer season, so the collection of available skua is never greater than at the beginning of the winter, just after the summer flights conclude and the population is pared down almost six-fold.

Groh, his fellow waste department staff and about 50 volunteers gathered in the Waste Operations work center last month to sort, evaluate and, of course, claim various goods. This year, there were more 600 cubic feet of skua piled into 16 large cardboard boxes.

The volunteers eagerly pulled on work gloves in anticipation of the opportunity to dig for skua treasures. As an upbeat playlist sounded from the background, they began rifling through the open boxes. The skua sorting party was underway.

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Source:: Antarctic Sun Featured Articles

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