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Geology of Antarctica > McMurdo Station and Discovery Hut, Ross Island Antarctica by Ella Derbyshire

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Ella Derbyshire Ella Derbyshire
Explore score
0.08 Gigapixels
Date added
Jan 09, 2009
Date taken
Jan 08, 2009

Nikon D80's


This view of Ross Island was photographed from the hill that leads to Vince's Cross on Hut Point.

The town in the distance is McMurdo Station, the largest community on Antarctica and the hub most of the travel activity in Antarctica.

The square wooden building is Discovery Hut which was placed on this spot by the British Antarctic Expedition in the summer of 1902. It was purchased in Australia by Robert Falcon Scott and shipped here and reassembled. It was designed to keep people cool in Australia's outback. Its ability to efficiently shed heat was a major problem in McMurdo's frigid climate. The hut was used by 3 different parties of explorers over the next decade.

The cross on the hill was erected in the memory of Discovery seaman George T Vince who disappeared in a blizzard in 1902 and was presumed drowned in McMurdo Sound.

The 40 images of this panorama were photographed with a Nikon D80 and stitched with Autopano Pro.

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