A day in the life (At work)
Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
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I've already spent my first three weeks at the airfield working on the Ice runway. It was a great experience that I probably won't get again this season. We rotate shifts and I am in town now for the next 6 weeks. By the time I get to go to the airfield again it will have moved to Williams field, a few miles closer to the mainland, onto the pemanant Ice shelf to avoid the thawing, and breaking up of the Sea Ice. That will be cool too, but the ice airfield there is white and not blue (being made up of packed snow, rather than just on ice), which is a unique thing to say the least.
But it was great while it lasted. Imagine a C-17 Airforce plane landing on a stark white surface with sharply peak mountains in the background, covered in white snow and blue glacial ice. The plane then taxies to the fuel pits behind the "Follow me" truck. Literally a truck with a sign on it saying "Follow Me".
The process continues,
When the cargo get's back to McMurdo the two cargo teams in town go to work receiving and delivering the cargo. Much the same that UPS would do. Confirming TCN numbers, and final destinations. Calling people who need to be notified and getting on their loaders, driving around, like busy bees pollenating flowers and returning to the hive, we are dropping off cargo all over town.
This is my job, down here. This is how we do it. It might seem like it could get repeditive and mundane, and it would if I was anywhere else in the world. But the reality is, I'm in Antarctica. All I have to do is look around and my mind is blown, if I can even truely fathom it. Half of the time it doesn't seem real. And if that isn't enough I think about the support I am here to lend. It is extremely gratifying to know that the work I am doing is supporting the National Science Foundation and, in my opinion, doing something good for the world. The scientist here are researching things like Global warming, which can help us understand the direction we are going on this Earth, and Microbial life that lives in glaciers. Glaciers that are miles thick. and drilling toward fresh water lakes at the bottom. Which will lead to the possibility of finding life on other planets and moons in our solar system and beyond.