Winter returns to Antarctica after the polar summer, during which many tourist and researcher visit the mainland. Most of the researchers, based at the mainland, went to the north, including the Russian team of scientists who recently completed the drilling of the ice of Lake Vostok (Russian Antarctic expedition, researchers dissected a layer of ice thickness 3750 m, but the last 30 meters of ice had to be left until next year).
Here are photographs of Antarctica, the nature of Antarctic, as well as the work of researchers on the mainland. [47 Shots]
1. Aurora australis - an excellent backdrop for the polar Amundsen-Scott station in this photo from July 14, 2009. (National Science Foundation / Patrick Cullis)
2. iceberg off Antarctica on Jan. 1, 2010. (Ben Stephenson / CC BY)
3. Memorial Bark at the New Zealand Antarctic station, Scott Base on February 15, 2011. This memorial was installed at the site of the volcano Erebus in memory of the victims of DC-10 airliner that crashed on Nov. 28, 1979. Aircraft performing a sightseeing flight to Antarctica, under cloudy conditions faced slopes of Mount Erebus, near which is a station, Scott Base. In the crash killed all 237 passengers and 20 crew members .. (Ross Land / NZPA-Pool / Getty Images)
4. Glacier Matusevicha moves to the shore of East Antarctica along the channel between the mountains of Lazarus and the north-western end of the mountains Wilson Hills. The width of each of small blocks of about a kilometer. Going through the canal, the glacier falls into the ocean. September 6, 2010 NASA satellite Earth Observing-1, took this color image. (NASA Earth Observatory / Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon)