Casey Station and the Shackleton Ice Shelf

Casey Station and the Shackleton Ice Shelf

Casey Station is Australia’s permanent Antarctic base, located on VincennesBay, 66°17' S 110°31' E. The current buildings are the third set to have been built in the area and include the HQ – the ‘Big Red Shed’ – prefabricated in Hobart and one of the seventh continent’s largest buildings. Two natural features of note are nearby. Law Dome rises to 1,395 metres a little southeast of Casey, and is the focus of much of the station’s research. And several kilometres along the KnoxCoaststands the Shackleton Ice Shelf. Named by Douglas Mawson after the great British adventurer, an aerial exploration here is a thrilling ride. The towering white cliffs rise from the dark, berg-dotted waters to the shelf’s mantle, some 400km long and at turns a perfectly smooth blank canvas, then fissured with deadly yawning crevasses and the ice whipped into forests of spiked peaks. An unforgettable sight, widening one’s comprehension of nature’s majesty and power.

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