|Mt Erebus from McMurdo Sound on a rare clear day.|
The summit of Erebus is almost 12,500' high, but due to the persistently low pressure here near the pole the physiological altitude can reach over 14,000'. It is a tough place to do research. This high elevation also makes helicopter operations tricky by reducing power margins and available payload.
Volcanos are Really Cool, so its no wonder there's a bunch of science going on up there.
Read more about the Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory here.
Read more about the ice cave mapping rover, YETI, here.
YETI is currently at the McMurdo Heliport waiting for good weather to be slung up onto the peak.
|Char and Thomas are ready to fly down to thicker air!|
|The lava lake is down there somewhere.|
|Science is getting done today on the crater rim.|
|The YETI rover waiting patiently for better weather before going to work on Erebus.|