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!
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