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"Home of the Blizzard", 100 years after Douglas Mawson, following in his footsteps.
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The Spirit of Mawson AAE 2013-2014 is divided into two legs, The first focuses on the Australasian subantarctic islands. On the second leg a longer, the voyage heads south, deep into the Southern Ocean to Antarctica.
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Video: Chris Turney and the fly-by of the Chinese helicopter from the vessel, the Snow Dragon.
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the Snow Dragon couldn't get through but standing by for other vessel, Aurora Australis, to help.
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Turney reported, "Following our successful visit to Cape Denison, sea ice remained clear, allowing our science expedition to proceed to the Mertz Glacier and open water polynya on the other side of Commonwealth Bay. Good conditions allowed the team to reach the Hodgeman Islets to continue our science programme and make comparisons to our findings around Mawson's Hut." (click to enlarge trapped ship)
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Mawson's hut. His aim was explorer unknown Antarctic territory and not to go to the South Pole like Scott and Amundsen.
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Video: Getting to Mawson's Hut. Using all terrain vehicles known as Argos they drove 65 km over sea ice -- capping half a kilometer of ocean water below -- and forged a route across an uncharted icescape.
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Australian Spirit of Mawson ship trapped in Antarctic sea ice

Posted: Dec 29, 2013 02:44 pm EST

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 (By Correne Coetzer) The Australian Mawson Centenary expedition lead by Australian Polar scientists, Chris Turney and Chris Fogwill, of the University of New South Whales, together with Antarctic veteran geologist and mountaineer, Greg Mortimer and a group of scientists and adventurers (together 74), are trapped in the Antarctic sea ice. They are on a research expedition on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic oceanography, climate and biology around Commonwealth Bay, Cape Denison and Mawson’s Hut. Their ship, MV...

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