14 December 2011

Mud Season

The changing of the seasons in McMurdo Station, Antarctica looks a lot different than I had grown used to in New England or Montana.  We're reaching the pinnacle of summer down here, which means one thing: mud.  All of the snow melts for about a month and reveals town as a mud pit.  Janitorial life involves a lot more floor maintenance.  Sweeping away from the sides of the hallways creates a red carpet of dirt for people to walk down.  In this brief period, the puddles still freeze at night, creating beautiful, intricate patterns of ice amid the brown grunge. 

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