This week at Mawson

  • Green moss with many twisting folds

    11 January 2013 Single page view

    This week we report on the work being undertaken on Bechervaise Island as well as describe and illustrate the geology and vegetation of Mawson Rock and the marine environment in Horseshoe Harbour.

  • Twenty one people standing and sitting on the snow down wind of the red living quarters

    4 January 2013 Single page view

    Carols by candlelight on Christmas Eve, a lovely dinner in the Mawson lounge with views overlooking East Bay followed by Santa distributing Kris Kringle presents on Christmas finished off by a flying visit from the Director on Boxing Day.

  • Two biologists counting breeding Adelie penguins on an island

    21 December 2012 Single page view

    Penguin biologists collect samples at the Auster emperor penguin colony and undertake a census of Adelie penguin nests on the Robinson Islands.

  • The soft snow showing depressions most of which are caused by the chick faeces melting the snow

    14 December 2012 Single page view

    Tide cracks, gaffer tape, penguins, a continuation of the summer flying programme and this week's photos from Auster.

  • Arcs around the sun and a small sun to the left of the real sun known as a sun dog

    7 December 2012 Single page view

    At Mawson we celebrate the arrival of ten new expeditioners, Hendo cooks up an Asian banquet, Ian has a birthday and scientific work starts in earnest on the Adelie penguin programme.

  • An expeditioner witha gin and tonic in one hand a steak sandwich in the other hand

    30 November 2012 Single page view

    Our first contact for eight months comes with the arrival of a Twin Otter, heralding the end of winter and the beginning of summer. We celebrate with a barbecue outside the Rosella building.

  • Looking down on the station plaque, penguin sculptures, miniature ice axes, wooden boxes, origami, ceramics and textiles

    23 November 2012 Single page view

    A selection of hobby craft work and special projects made during the year went on display. We also conducted fire training exercises involving skills training on the fire Hagglunds pump, hydrant location and extinguisher use. Bront tells what it's like to wait for the plane that will eventually lead her home.

  • An expeditioner on a rocky platform with the tooth like summit of Fang Peak and another summit behind him

    16 November 2012 Single page view

    A jolly to Fang and Rum Doodle field huts, a climbing experience on Mt Elliot, the lure of quad travel on sea ice and the blue ice of the Mawson plateau. This is Mawson!

  • Emperor penguin chick

    9 November 2012 Single page view

    We celebrate the end of winter and the impending departure of Bron and Michael with a magnificent dinner while a chicken and champagne breakfast complement a viewing of the Melbourne Cup. As usual, we include gratuitous penguin photos to finish the week.

  • An expeditioner, his GoPro camera on a pole and a group of inquisitive non breeding adults

    2 November 2012 Single page view

    At Auster, the emperor penguin chicks are growing fast as the intense business of producing the next generation is in its final stages. Along the Mawson coast, the Adelie penguins have returned and they are staking out their territory, posturing, constructing nests and mating.

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