Tuesday, December 14, 2010
When things start to warm up here and we hit mid-
summer, the ice begins to melt. This has nothing
to do with global warming or anything like that.
It's just a seasonal thing and because our airfields
are on the ice and we have to drive on ice roads
going to these airfields again and again, they
melt. They melt quickly and with very bad results
for vehicles that drive on them. One of the Fleet
Ops guys drew this map that shows where not to
drive on the Transition. As you might be able to
tell, you can basically drive...nowhere! Lots of
melt pools, slushy snow, and generally lots of places
to get stuck. As bad as it is now, it will get worse,
and in a few weeks it will be closed and we'll have
to drive a long way around Scott Base.