Join Albane Barbero, this year's French glaciologist down South in cold Concordia, for a guided tour of her icy garden. This text is based on her original blog in French:
Credits: IPEV/PNRA Yann & Christophe
Here is a guided tour of my ‘garden’. First of all you should know that it is incredibly large, our nearest neighbours are the Russians at Vostok, over 600 km to the North of Dome C. Around 1100 km to the South, our French and Italian neighbours live in the Dumont D’Urville and Mario Zuccelli stations. If you drew lines between Concordia Station and our neighbours on a map it would form a triangle with equal sides.
Despite having such a large garden we never venture further than 25 km from base in the summer months, from November to February. In the winter we stay even closer, never leaving the base more than 3 km behind us. We are actually quite lucky as each crewmember has their own outside shelter to work in and I am even luckier because I use four shelters of which two are exclusively for my use.
Entrance from above. Credits: IPEV/PNRA-A. Barbero
The glacio shelter is 900 m from the ...