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Antarctic Photographs by Mike Savage (

I took these photographs while working in the Antarctic. In 1980 I served as the winter-over Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. For the next several years after that I travelled to Antarctica each summer season to assist in the deployment of automatic weather stations around the continent.

The photo at the top was taken in mid-winter at the South Pole during one of the numerous displays of the Aurora Australis. These aurora are formed when charged particles from the sun are ducted towards polar regions by the Earth's magnetic field and then interact with the upper atmosphere.

The second photograph shows the outlet of the Beardmore Glacier onto the Ross Ice Shelf. It was taken from the cockpit of a C-130 Hercules at an altitude of about 10,000 feet.

The third photograph shows a helicopter dispatching our field party for an automatic weather station installation on the Ross Ice Shelf

Photos were taken with an Olympus OM-2 single lens reflex camera using Kodachrome film. All photo rights are reserved by the author

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