Mt. Erebus Antarctic expedition 2007 - Image 50 of 58
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Before large storms the summit camp is usually bathed into a surreal light, an effect that appears even more sinister on this black and white photography. Not many photos exist that show the storm itself. This is because in the heavily blowing snow, visibility often drops beneath one metre, usually leaving photographies in a plain white. During such conditions, walking away from the tent is life threatening when no security ropes are set up to connect the different tents with the work hut. A person that loses orientation in a so called “whiteout” and walks away into the wrong direction would quickly perish in temperatures beneath -45°C and wind speeds in excess of 150 km/h.