Sunday, February 26, 2012

rest in peace

Over the weekend, tragedy struck another Antarctic station. The Brazillian station Comandante Ferraz caught fire and was almost completely destroyed, taking two lives. As my co-worker Michael put it, "it's a grim reminder of how fragile our existence is down here".

Two killed after fire breaks out at Brazilian research station in Antarctica (via Daily Mail UK)


Fire is our biggest enemy on the Ice, because everything is very dry and we almost always face very high winds. McMurdo has faced a few fires in recent years, but thankfully none have resulted in loss of life. Antarctica can be a dangerous place, as I've said a dozen times before, and people die or are seriously injured here almost every year. This story is a reminder of how careful we need to be, and exactly how dangerous this beautiful continent can be if we're not.

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