Mt. Erebus Antarctic expedition 2007 - Image 15 of 58


Thin air. During the summer months, volcanologists live in this camp on the summit plateau of Erebus volcano, often for more than six or eight weeks at a time. The two huts are barely large enough to work and eat inside – all camp members sleep in tents. During blizzards or phases of bad weather, when helicopters cannot fly, the camp is cut off from the outside world for up to two weeks. Then the inhabitants of the camp have to rely on themselves.
The mountain chain in the background is called the “Transantarctic Mountains”. Again the dry and clear Antarctic air deceives our ability to judge distances – the mountains are more than one hundred kilometres away.