This week at Mawson

  • View from the top of Mt Horden

    16 April 2010

    Team Mawson recently tested the newly formed sea ice. Tests deemed essential in determining its robustness included ice skating, cross country skiing, golf and soccer.

  • Ewan and Annette chilling out

    9 April 2010

    Easter at Mawson was spent by many relaxing and taking the opportunity to get out into the field.

  • Mawson expeditioners in wind and blowing snow

    26 March 2010

    This week Mawson expeditioners headed to Mt Henderson to install a new radio antenna and support mechanism on the repeater after the last one snapped in high winds. Radio coverage to Macey Island field hut and Auster Rookery should now be greatly improved.

  • Mawson expeditioners preparing medical room

    19 March 2010

    Medical team Mawson sprang into action this week with Doc Jim running a two-day refresher scenario for the volunteer medical staff. It's worth remembering that the day jobs for all except Doc Jim are more along the lines of fixing broken pipes and electrical cables than broken humans.

  • Mawson fire team with vehicles

    12 March 2010

    Fire Chief Mick had planned a full fire training exercise for the station that included smoke, blackout conditions and casualties. Throughout the week he could be heard maniacally chuckling to himself about his plan.

  • Old melt hole

    5 March 2010

    Winter has definitely arrived at Mawson, with consistent low temperatures, a proper blizzard and everyone's favourite topic: water rationing. Throughout the summer, we enjoyed the luxuries of practically limitless glacial water pouring into our catchment area. But no more.

  • Mawson expeditioner with bust and cairn at Mawson wharf

    26 February 2010

    A sense of serenity has settled over the station like a warm blanket, as we adjust to the reduced station numbers and greater number of free rooms.

  • Aurora Australis at Mawson station

    19 February 2010

    After circling us like a hungry shark for what seemed an eternity, taunting us with tales of fresh fruit buns and desserts good enough for Jehovah, the good ship Aurora Australis finally docked in Horseshoe Harbour...

  • Ocean, icebergs and an alleged ship sighting near Mawson

    12 February 2010

    Preparations for much-anticipated resupply, search and rescue exercises, birthdays and wind turbine tours.

  • Mawson expeditioners collect garbage for return to Australia

    5 February 2010

    Preparations for arrival of Aurora Australis for resupply, SAR training continues and an abundance of wildlife around station

  • Mawson expeditioners prepare for Australia Day swim

    29 January 2010

    Australia Day swim and model boat race, and guide dog Stay helps out around the station.

  • Mawson expeditioners pulling sleds

    22 January 2010

    A trip to beautiful Mt Henderson, search and rescue training, station maintenance, visitors from Davis and chocolate rationing.

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