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Exploring cyanobacterial diversity in Antarctica Blog

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Today, we went to Cape Evans, where the famous hut from the Terra Nova Expedition is located. The helicopter flight took 20 minutes and it was spectacular with great views over the the McMurdo Ice Shelf and sea ice. A group of conservators from the Antarctic Heritage Trust has been spending the whole summer here to work on the famous hut. They have a cosy camp with a communal kitchen and dining hut and several polar tents. Actually, these kind of tents were also used by Scott and their design has only little changed since then. They are can withstand stronger winds than mountain tents. From our lunch break we had a great view on Scott’s hut . After we were done with our sample collection the conservators from AHT showed us the hut.

Flight over the ice


Polar tents at Cape Evans


Scott's hut  build during the Terra Nova Expedition


Conservation work at the hut by Antarctic Heritage Trust


One of the aims of the field event is to collect cyanobacteria from locations where the scientists of Scott’s and Shakleton’s expeditions collected material 100-years ago and compare them with the historic samples. We will sample cyanobacterial mats on Ross Island and the McMurdo Ice Shelf.

Cyanobacterial samples were collected during the three expedition:


1) The National Antarctic Expedition (1901-04; Discovery Expedition) led by R.F. Scott


2) The British Antarctic Expedition (1907-1909; Nimrod) led by E.H. Shackleton


3) The British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913; Terra Nova) led by R.F. Scott


                                        Hut Point in front of McMurdo Station with the Discovery Expedition hut


                                                                           Discovery Hut


Anne D Jungblut

Anne D Jungblut

Member since: Sep 2, 2010

I'm Anne Jungblut from the Botany Department. Join me as I head to Antarctica to study cyanobacterial diversity in ice-covered lakes of the Dry Valleys and Ross Island where already scientists on Scott's and Shakleton's expeditions made many discoveries.

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