Antarctic Fox
The log of Rachel and Kevin Fox's trip to the Antarctic Peninsula in the Summer of 2008-9
Day 10: Deception Island - Part 2: The Martian Chronicles of Oz
January 4 - Whaler's Bay, Deception Island, South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula

After our hike around the more desolate part of the beach we got to explore the ruins left by two very different generations of inhabitants. Many metal oil drums and boilers and other equipment brought to the island with the establishment of a Norwegian-Chilean whaling station in 1906 have survived since they were abandoned at the close of the Great Depression. Because of volcanic activity and a wetter climate in this more northern region (as opposed to the drier one that has preserved much of Base W) these relics have rusted and decayed. [Map of Deception Island]

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There are also several buildings still standing. These however are newer than the oil drums and date back to the late 1960's when the British set up a research base. The base was abandoned in 1969 due to volcanic activity that eventually led to several mudslides that damaged and buried most of the equipment and buildings.

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Much like the beach itself, the buildings were erie and surreal. They didn't belong here; it was like they were dropped here like Dorothy's house into Oz. Dropped into an inhospitable world that is slowly but inexorably eating it. As usual we had to be dragged back to the boat. Despite having been off the boat pretty much all day and being rather exhausted from this and the day's two earlier excusrions, the magic and mystery of this place were mesmerizing. Kevin and I were the last ones back on the boat. Tim actually came back just for us (and to bring his camera out because he left it on the ship and hadn't realized how perfect the light would be). Never enough time, and yet I suppose if they had given us more time throughout the trip we would have come home with 30,000 photographs instead of ONLY 18,000 or so.

Read the next chapter: Day 11: Emperor Penguins


Table of Contents:

Introduction: Telling the Story posted Jan 10, 2009

Day 0: Positioning posted Jan 12, 2009

Leaving, on a jet plane posted Jan 12, 2009

Day 1: The Herc posted Jan 15, 2009

Day 1: Penguino posted Jan 16, 2009

Day 2: Chicken posted Jan 17, 2009

Day 2: Leopard posted Jan 19, 2009

Day 2: Snow Day posted Jan 22, 2009

Day 2: Shipwreck posted Jan 26, 2009

Day 2: Totally Tabular posted Jan 27, 2009

Day 3: Gentoo Cute posted Jan 29, 2009

Day 3: Lichen Shag Glacier posted Feb 3, 2009

Day 3: Palmer Station Visit posted Feb 9, 2009

Day 4: Icy Penguins posted Feb 11, 2009

Day 4: Adelie Awesome posted Feb 15, 2009

Day 4: Leopard Seal Attack posted Feb 17, 2009

Day 4: Kayak posted Feb 19, 2009

Day 4: Vernadsky Station Visit posted Feb 23, 2009

Day 4: Vernadsky Sunset posted Feb 25, 2009

Day 5: Antarctic Circle posted Feb 27, 2009

Day 5: Polar Plunge posted Mar 5, 2009

Day 5: Mouth of The Gullet posted Mar 13, 2009

Day 5: Ice Camping posted Mar 18, 2009

Day 6: Flamingos on Ice posted Mar 20, 2009

Day 6: Mountain Climbing posted Mar 24, 2009

Day 6: Ice Textures posted Mar 26, 2009

Day 6: Antarctic New Years posted Apr 2, 2009

Day 7: Crystal Sound Icebreaker posted Apr 9, 2009

Day 7: Abandoned Antarctica: Base W - Part 1 posted Apr 17, 2009

Day 7: Abandoned Antarctica: Base W - Part 2 posted Apr 21, 2009

Day 8: Bird Watching in the Fish Islands posted Apr 23, 2009

Day 8: Icee Day - Part 1 posted May 5, 2009

Day 8: Icee Day - Part 2 posted May 11, 2009

Day 9: Port Lockroy - Base A posted May 20, 2009

Bonus Chapter: Baby Penguins! posted May 21, 2009

Day 9: Antarctic Humpback Whales posted June 3, 2009

Day 9: Dallmann Butt Sliding posted June 11, 2009

Day 10: Birthday Whales posted June 23, 2009

Day 10: Hannah Point Part 1: The Birds posted July 15, 2009

Day 10: Hannah Point Part 2: Elephant Seals posted July 22, 2009

Day 10: Deception Island - Part 1: Walking on the Moon posted Dec 11, 2009

» Day 10: Deception Island - Part 2: The Martian Chronicles of Oz posted Dec 15, 2009

Day 11: Emperor Penguins posted Jan 8, 2010

Day 12: Black and White and Pink All Over posted Aug 4, 2011

More chapters posted every few days...



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