Mt. Erebus Antarctic expedition 2007 - Image 57 of 58

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McMurdo station, here seen from the near Observation Hill, accommodates almost 100 scientists and 900 support staff in summer. It is the largest research base in Antarctica and also serves as a base camp and logistical hub for numerous expeditions in the fields of geophysics, geology, biology, and astronomy. During the winter, the station is still staffed with around 200 people. The cross on the right was dedicated to Robert F. Scott and his companions, who lost their lives just a few kilometres from here in a raging storm on their way back from the pole in 1912. The inscription, quoting L.A. Tennyson, says

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.