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After being dropped off by helicopter a pair of scientists walk to a nearby Automatic Weather Station to carry out some annual maintenance. This image was taken in Bull Pass in the the McMurdo Dry Valleys Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA) which encompasses the largest ice-free region in Antarctica. This area contains cold desert soils (i.e. polygons and sand dunes), special geological features and unusual communities of plants and microorganisms.

The Dry Valleys probably isn't the first thought you have when you think of Antarctica but it's an amazing landscape - a bit like the Grand Canyon of Antarctica!

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 17-35mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Jan 2010 - 12:00 PM
Focal Length:28mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Dry Valleys, Antarctica
Username:RodStrachan RodStrachan
Uploaded:19 Oct 2012 - 1:45 PM
Tags:Antarctica, Desert, Dry Valleys, Landscape / travel, Valley
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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 1:53 PM

I like this alot. You have all the right elements. Foreground interest, people to give it scale, it takes my eye through the photo, composition and lighting are good. Well done. Jude

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 2:12 PM

Fascinating Antarctic image with all these huge scree slopes curving down to the valley floor: good f/g interest and the presence of the scientists helps appreciate the huge scale of this dry valley.
Ronnie.

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clarrisa
clarrisa  4
19 Oct 2012 - 2:20 PM

Very interesting picture, very mysterious but beautiful scene

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 3:32 PM

What a privilege to walk through here. Fascinating and well composed.
Ann

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 3:43 PM

I initially thought Mori plain on the way to leh.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
19 Oct 2012 - 3:57 PM

Beautiful photograph of a desolate place ! Well seen and captured Smile Today we are lambasted with icy winds from Antarctica again, and it is October !

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
19 Oct 2012 - 4:32 PM

It gives me the sense of feeling small and vulnerable

Peter

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 11:00 PM

and I thought the desert was dry...
.. stunning.
many thanks for your visit to my PF Smile

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