13 February 2012

Archival Gold: U.S. Antarctic Program Photo Library

Posted by Jessica Ball

It’s finally decided to act wintry in Buffalo, so I decided to continue the theme with (finally!) another photo archive post. This one comes to you courtesy of the U. S. Antarctic Program (part of the NSF’s Office of Polar Programs). The U.S. Antarctic Program Photo Library is a collection of images from research expeditions to Antarctica (submitted by members of those expeditions). It includes photos focusing on science, research stations, wildlife (above and below the ice!), scenery, people, and images from historical expeditions. Properly credited photos are free for use for non-commercial purposes, and you can submit your own photos to the collection (although they become the property of the NSF if you do).

Here are a few of my favorites:

Photograph by: Nick Powell, National Science Foundation, January 9, 2009. Mt. Erebus is the southernmost active volcano in the world. In the distance are, left to right, Big Razorback Island, Little Razorback Island, Tent Island and Inaccessible Island.

Photograph by: Peter Rejcek, National Science Foundation, January 7, 2011. Glossopteris leaf fossils embedded in rock in the central Transantarctic Mountains.

Photograph by: Hailaeos Troy National Science Foundation, September 9, 2010. An international team of researchers, led by the French space agency CNES (National Space Study Center), launched about 18 long-duration balloons near McMurdo Station during the austral spring to study atmospheric properties and stratospheric ozone.

Photograph by: Keith Vanderlinde National Science Foundation, June 3, 2008. Auroras in the sky over the Dark Sector at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.