This one’s short!
Back in South Pole Topography, I wrote a bit about snow and snowdrifts.
You may remember the arches – structures that have become buried over time. We dug out a ramp in order to keep using them:
Here’s what the inside looked like over the summer! Neatly groomed, used every day:
Winter has brought a combination of stronger winds and less staff to move snow. We also don’t use every part of the station every day – remember, winter has a significantly lower population, and most of our work is about maintenance, rather than the frantic 24x7 operations of the short summer.
After 4 days, including a gnarly winter storm, we opened the blast doors to the Logistics arch. This is what it looked like from the inside:
A remarkable amount of blown snow buildup after just a few short days!
Here’s a human for scale – it’s me!
In order to use this door, our heavy equipment operator (HEO) had to move literal tons of snow!
Here’s a brief action shot as the snow wall came crashing down:
And that’s it! One brief example of the power of wind-blown snow, and the herculean task to keep the arches from getting totally buried.
Until next time!