This week at Mawson

  • A calm evening near Mawson

    27 August 2010

    This week has been one of weather extremes with days either spent indoors avoiding a blizzard or skiing and snowboarding aroung the station on a perfect, calm and sunny afternoon.

  • Mawson expeditioners at volleyball

    20 August 2010

    Volleyball, a new radar unit, Inflatable rubber boat maintenance and an introduction to 'Wombat', a workplace for visiting scientists.

  • Bumper repair 101 with Jim

    13 August 2010

    Continuing the weekly trips to Auster emperor penguin colony, Maria, Dan, Rob and Mick took their turn this week, spending three frosty nights out with birds and bergs. Their trip fortunately coincided with an extra burst of auroral activity, thanks to a recent coronal mass ejection from Sol (ie the sun let rip with an extra dose or radiation in our general direction).

  • Mawson expeditioners cleaning potatoes

    6 August 2010

    A medieval-themed night was chosen for this week's entertainment and included nibbles, tournament jousting and a catapult building contest. Unsurprisingly, team dieso took this one out.

  • Plastic guidedog, Stay, looking out of dirty window.

    30 July 2010

    A visit to the emperor penguins at Auster Rookery, where many chicks were heard but not seen. One proud parent did show us their offspring in all its scruffy, vulnerable glory.

  • Auster Emperor penguin rookery

    23 July 2010

    A Hägglunds run to Macey Island with bonus trips to the Auster emperor penguin colony and local icebergs.

  • Mawson station Expeditioners cutting hole in the sea ice for Midwinters Day swim

    25 June 2010

    Mid-winter's day in Antarctica is a Big Deal. It's the shortest, darkest day of the year, and it marks the steady march towards proper daylight once more. To that end, mid-winter's day justifies a huge celebration for all who winter …

  • Mawson station Expeditioner during model plane (hangar rat) final

    18 June 2010

    As promised, though slightly delayed by weather and other tasks, the Hanger Rat finale occurred during the week. After a BBQ in the workshop, the Mawson troupe formed in the Green Store with craft at the ready. Chippy Jim had …

  • Mawson station Expeditioners checking sea ice

    11 June 2010

    Following on from last week's short run toward Colbeck, the Yellow and Green 'Haggis' once again rumbled down the coast, attempting to find a more southerly safe route. This time their destination was Low Tongue, a small rocky outcrop about …

  • Moon rising over Mawson station

    4 June 2010

    Moonrise over Mawson Photo: Mike Craven After last week's trip to Auster, this week was meant to see a group of tradies head out to Colbeck Hut, near the Taylor Glacier Emperor Penguin colony, to perform maintenance. Mick, Dan, …

  • Mawson station Expeditioners checking sea ice thickness

    28 May 2010

    This week saw Mawsonites at Auster Rookery for the first time this year. Auster, located about 50 kilometres to the East of the station, is one location in Antarctica that Emperor Penguins come to breed over the long, dark winter …

  • Mawson station Expeditioners checking sea ice thickness

    21 May 2010

    Not standing on thin ice Photo: Mick Goodwin Finally, after months of travel restricted to the three inland field huts at Mawson, the sea ice is now thick enough to travel upon. This week saw the first tentative steps …

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