Sunday, May 18, 2008

Pale Blue Dot

I've posted here before that we have a very large,
active volcano as our neighbor. Mt. Erebus is the
reason Ross Island is here and by it's sheer size
reminds us who's boss. My boss put this photo on
the common computer drive today that might make the
folks back home shudder. In the foreground is the
smoldering caldera of Erebus. In the distance, marked
by the blue dot is roughly the location of McMurdo.
The dot is roughly the shape of McMurdo as well.
Granted, there is some adjusting that needs to be done
to compensate for size and distance in a photo, but
considering that each person here is only a tiny tiny
fraction of that square, it gives you an idea of just
how big this volcano is compared to each one of us
that calls McMurdo home.

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