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McMur­do Sound – 28th Febru­a­ry, 2020

We have reached the core area of our voya­ge, McMur­do Sound, the heart of the Ross Sea.

But, alas, the timing appears to be bad. A strong low pres­su­re moves over the Ross Sea area and the coas­tal zone of low winds in McMur­do Sound that the fore­cast had pro­mi­sed tur­ned out to be non-exis­tent. No chan­ce to get ashore as the winds are raging from 25 knots upwards to more than 50 knots. We pass Cape Royds and Cape Evans, Hut Point and McMur­do Base and even Scott Base – the sea is com­ple­te­ly open as far as that! Unbe­liev­a­ble; that does cer­tain­ly not hap­pen every year. But it is alrea­dy star­ting to free­ze over again. The tem­pe­ra­tu­re is around -12 degrees and grey stri­pes of gre­a­se ice are all over the waves.

mcmur­do soand (gal­le­ry):

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Moving down the Ross Sea – 28th Febru­a­ry, 2020

The wea­ther in the Ter­ra Nova Bay area is not exact­ly gre­at today. No chan­ce to make a lan­ding on Inex­pres­si­ble Island, whe­re Scott’s nort­hern par­ty spend a mise­ra­ble win­ter in 1912 and whe­re Chi­na is cur­r­ent­ly pre­pa­ring for buil­ding ano­t­her sta­ti­on (gre­at! Ano­t­her sta­ti­on! Ant­arc­ti­ca needs more sta­ti­ons! Chi­na only has four sta­ti­ons, they do need ano­t­her one! And the­re are only three sta­ti­ons so far in Ter­ra Nova Bay, the­re has to be a fourth one! For­gi­ve me for get­ting slight­ly sar­castic here).

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

We pass the Ita­li­an Mario Zuc­chel­li Base and later we get a glim­pse of the Ger­man Gond­wa­na Base. Then we find a litt­le bay that pro­vi­des enough shel­ter for a lovely litt­le Zodiac crui­se, with ple­nty of Wed­dell seals, Adé­lie pen­gu­ins and some good sce­ne­ry. The view is clea­ring up towards the evening.

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