Mt. Erebus Antarctic expedition 2007 - Image 56 of 58

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Homegrown. Basil leaves inside the small greenhouse of McMurdo station are the first greens that the scientists can get their hands on, after one and a half months of a rather Spartan lifestyle on the volcano’s summit. Fortunately, theft of food for immediate consumption is not heavily punished under these circumstances.
The greenhouse is an experimental project to study the technique of cultivating plants in an extreme environment. Unfortunately it is much too small to support the large Antarctic base.