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Dry Valleys, Antarctica

By RodStrachan  
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!

Tags: Desert Valley Antarctica Landscape and travel Dry Valleys

Voters: perkyjude, RonnieAG, williamsloan and 15 more

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perkyjude 6 46 11 England
19 Oct 2012 1:53PM
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 Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Oct 2012 2:12PM
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.
19 Oct 2012 2:20PM
Very interesting picture, very mysterious but beautiful scene
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 3:32PM
What a privilege to walk through here. Fascinating and well composed.
19 Oct 2012 3:43PM
I initially thought Mori plain on the way to leh.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
19 Oct 2012 3:57PM
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 !
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
19 Oct 2012 4:32PM
It gives me the sense of feeling small and vulnerable

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
19 Oct 2012 11:00PM
and I thought the desert was dry...
.. stunning.
many thanks for your visit to my PF Smile

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