Date: 27 August 2011
Wind Speed: 22kts
Temp with wind chill: -19.7oC
The sun is getting closer to being visible at Scott Base. It is actually above the horizon but still behind the hills and peaks of Ross Island. There are some beautiful light effects and delicate colours to be seen in the sky. Today there was a narrow, horizontal band of the palest pink in the South, across White and Black Islands, as the sun shone under the clouds in the North.
The Sun Getting Closer! John/AHT
While keeping a good look out for these beautiful effects, work and life at Scott Base must still go on. Every Saturday at an All Staff Base Meeting, duties necessary for the smooth running of the Base are apportioned to all staff.
Base Duties. John/AHT
One such duty is the removal of snow and sea ice build up around Reverse Osmosis (RO) Intake/Outlet gantry at the ice transition. Our team spent nearly two hours shovelling snow, cutting the sea ice with a chainsaw and removing these heavy blocks of ice.
The RO plant supplies all fresh water for the running of the base and provides two degrees of purity, RO1 for general use and a more pure RO2 for drinking, scientific projects, and work such as conservation of the Ross Island historic artefacts.