I am norwegian doctor who worked as expedition doc on the Antarctic research station Troll for the summer season 2007-2008. NB: This blog is intended as a personal and ecological account from The Ice Planet - fully independent of the Norwegian Polar Institute, their official web page being: npweb.npolar.no
01 Dec 2007
Robbing future archaeologists
The other day we went for a brief walk up "Klovningen", a small hill across the blue ice, roughly 5 km from the station. (You can see the station in the background in the pictures). The haze produced a twilight effect, even though the sun never sets at this time of the year. On the way down we came across - you guessed it - a barrel. Blown there, and well up the moraine-covered hillside,by the recent storm. My two companions (hardened overwinterers both, now left for Norway) thought it too much of an eyesore and brought it down. Barrels escaping like this shouldn't happen, considering the strict environmental protocols in the Antarctic treaty. Empty barrels are (usually...) well strapped, but we can't control the weather (yet). The ones we don't find will at least come out when the ice melts.