I have a fortune to participate in the first Belgian Antarctic Expedition based at the new Belgian “Princess Elizabeth Station” in Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica.  By clicking this picture, you can enjoy the slideshow on Flickr: click “show info” when the slideshow starts so that you can see photo captions.

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A team of five personnel was deployed to cental West Antarctica, where a new drilling camp was under construction.  Our team is composed of one safety expert, two graduate students, one post-undergraduate student, and myself.  As always, we traveled down to McMurdo and then to a remote camp.  This time, our stay in McMurdo is quite long to optimize our radar system.  By clicking this picture, you can enjoy the slideshow on Flickr: click “show info” when the slideshow starts so that you can see photo captions.

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This is Dr.Matsuoka’s deployment to West Antarctica with US Antarctic Program (USAP) as a postdoctoral fellow (Lead PI: Howard Conway).  We flied from Christchurch in New Zealand to McMurdo Station, the largest town and the largest US logistic hub in Antarctica.  After preparation and training in the town, we were deployed to the central West Antarctica to make site surveys for a future ice coring project (now called WAIS Divide Ice Core Project).  By clicking this picture, you can enjoy the slideshow on Flickr: click “show info” when the slideshow starts so that you can see photo captions.

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This is my first deployment to Antarctica from November 1998 to March 2000.  There is no typo; I spent more than one year straight and wintered over in the Antarctica.  I was a member of 40th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE40).  We took ice breaker “Shirase” from Tokyo to Antarctica through Australia, and then make over-snow traverse to Dome Fuji Station, about 1000 km inland from the coast before the winter.  After the winter, we conducted another over-snow traverse more than 2500 km in the inland area.  During the wintering, we conducted smaller traverses, optimized research instruments, and work together to run the station.

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