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PASSCAL's Polar Group Revs Up for Antarctic Summer

This is the time of year when the Polar group at PASSCAL is busy deploying teams to the Antarctic. Since polar conditions make for difficult site installations, PASSCAL is pleased to present the following instructive videos of Antarctic station deployments.

Courtesy of Audrey Huerta of Central Washington University, here is a time-lapse video of the difficult installation of a POLENET seismic system on a rock surface at Miller Ridge in the Transantarctic Mountains. This installation took about 4 hours in real-time. You will see shadows encroaching as the sun sets toward the end of the four-minute video.

The personnel appearing in the movie include Audrey Huerta, Don Voigt, Paul Winberry, and the Ken Borek Flying Team.

The following short video, also courtesy Audrey Huerta,  shows Don Voigt using a chain saw to cut the ice for a base for the solar panels. This is from another POLENET installation in the Transantarctic Mountains. Be advised that this one-minute movie has sound, and chainsaws and Antarctic winds are loud!

To find out more about Polar Programs at PASSCAL, contact Paul Carpenter , Polar Projects Manager at PASSCAL.