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Although it was very cloudy when we left the McMurdo Ice Shelf, there were great views over Antarctica on our flight back to Christchurch (New Zealand).  We had chance to go up to the cockpit and meet the pilots with incredible views over Antarctica.

 

 

                                                                                               Hana and me  in the cockpit                                                

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                                                                                      Flight path over Antarctica

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                                                                                         Last views of Antarctica

 

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After more than two month it is time to go back to the Natural History Museum, to study all of the amazing samples that we collected. The field work however would not be possible with the help of a lot of people and the logistic support: Thanks to the US Antarctic Program, Antarctic New Zealand Program, National Institute of Water and Aquatic Research, University of Canterbury, and everybody in the field teams G-441 and K081.

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Goodbye Antarctica

Posted by Anne D Jungblut Feb 9, 2011

After three weeks of field work, it was time to pack and go back home.   However, the last day there was enough time to do another walk out on the pressure ridges next to Scott Base. The pressure ridges where the sea ice and the ice shelf hit Ross Island .

 

                                                                             Visit to the pressure ridges

 

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In the last days it was relatively warm for Antarctic circumstances and the ice on the runway became to soft that could create problems with the aircrafts. Therefore our departure was set for  3 am. Although the sun does not set , it is still colder during the hours of the night. 

 

It takes 40 minutes out to the runway which is on the McMurdo Ice Shelf. One the way to the runway we saw amazing cloud formations:

 

                                                            Clouds with ice crystals can be rainbow coloured

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                                                                     Arrival at Williams Field Runway

 

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                                                                          C-17 aircraft arriving

 

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