Settling in

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This week at Macquarie Island: 22 March 2013

After the Aurora Australis left, most of the new expeditioners had a couple of days quiet time. This time was used mainly to organise and settle into our rooms, which will be our homes for the next 12 months.

Time was also spent cleaning up and organising the residual pallets that were left around station and in the green store.

It has also been a busy time with briefings, familiarisation and inductions of station buildings, equipment, machinery and community. Two important briefs were about station limits and limitations whilst out in the field in this wonderful World Heritage Park. 

We have all received our survival packs, which are to be carried at all times when out of station limits. The field training program has commenced with most of the MIPEP people completing their field training, including the last few day down island.

On a couple of nights, when the sky cleared we were able to witness a aurora australis (southern lights). For many it was the first time to see this event. 

Needless to say we are all excited about living in and exploring this beautiful place. 

Aaron and Josh standing inside the hydroponics hut. There are two shelves with three rows of plastic hydroponic beds
Aaron and Josh cleaning and setting up the hydroponics hut
(Photo: Josh Tomasetti)
Saturday night special Chinese dinner, with 23 expeditioners sitting around two rows of tables. The tables are adorned with white linen tablecloths
Everyone enjoying our first special Saturday night dinner, Chinese style
(Photo: Josh Tomasetti)
Aurora australis or southern lights, appearing like a greenish silk curtain, as seen from the Ham hut looking southeast over Buckles Bay
Aurora australis or southern lights as seen from the Ham hut looking…
(Photo: Barend (Barry) Becker)
Predominantly green aurora australis or southern lights as seen from the Met observation enclosure, looking northwest
Aurora australis or southern lights as seen from the Met observation enclosure…
(Photo: Barend (Barry) Becker)
Patti and Dean form MIPEP, both wearing yellow rain gear, training Joker a brown and white springer spaniel
Patti and Dean from MIPEP training Joker
(Photo: Barend (Barry) Becker)
Digestors, which are cylindrical tanks, in the high grass near Landing Beach
Digestors near Landing Beach
(Photo: Barend (Barry) Becker)
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