Friday, 30 September 2011


Antarctica isn't perhaps an obvious choice of destination for pleasure but my very long list of places I'd love to visit has always included this often forgotten continent. Certainly this time-lapse video made by Anthony Powell of a year on the ice gives a great insight in to what life is like at the bottom of the world.

Taken in and around McMurdo Station and Scott Base. Each year the sun is below the horizon for 4 months in the middle of winter, and above the horizon for 4 months in summer. During the couple of months in between we have more-or-less normal days. Includes shots of auroras and the very rare polar stratospheric nacreous clouds, which form when ozone depleting gases crystallize in the upper atmosphere in the intense cold. Summer population is about 1200 people, winter about 130.

Of course it's not all beautiful imagery. Life can be very harsh.

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