State of the Planet

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Ready to Sail

Docked on Sea Ice
Docked on Sea Ice

Today we arrived at McMurdo, an American research station that hosts Antarctica’s largest community—about 1,000 people during austral summer. To get here, a US Air Force cargo plane picked us up in Christchurch, New Zealand, and landed us on the ice nearby.

Today is a balmy summer day of 30°F, not much colder than the weather in New York. We are sweating in the heavy-duty parkas that we picked up in Christchurch. The Oden is currently docked at the edge of the sea ice, waiting to guide a cargo ship out to open water. In the meantime, we visit the ship in a truck designed to travel over ice. In a few days, we will load the last pieces of our equipment and start our journey east.

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