At the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf the a vertical wall about 40 m tall rise up. Ice has a density 9/10 of water, so 90% of the ice is below seawater.
The first 2 weeks in Antarctica was focused on general training, driving snowmobiles, camping etc. We here became friends with Geophysicist Andrew Slater, who has a well-written blog on our work. http://penguinchasing.blogspot.dk/2014/11/science-seismology-on-ross-ice-shelf.html
Photos by PI Ralph Stephen, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Yesterday we were on survival camp out on the McMurdo Ice Shelf. We were transported out to our camping site on the ice shelf. Not as busy as a standard California camping site and about 70F colder! Trail running on Ross Island, 14 degrees F and zero wind! McMurdo Station/Sound and the Royal Society Range in the background.