Photo Friday: Glaciers of the McMurdo Dry Valleys

The McMurdo Dry Valleys, located in Victoria Land, Antarctica, are a row of mostly snow-free valleys home to eleven named glaciers. The region is one of the world’s most extreme deserts. Scientists consider the conditions there to be the closest approximate analogue to the planet Mars. The following series of photos were taken during a National Science Foundation- supported expedition in November 2017:

Suess Glacier is located in the Taylor Valley in Victoria Land. It was named by British explorer Captain Robert Scott for the Austrian geologist and paleontologist Eduard Suess.

The Suess Glacier in Victoria Land, Antarctica on November 19, 2017 (Source: Greg Neri/National Science Foundation).

Canada Glacier, located just east of Suess Glacier in the Taylor Valley, was named by the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, who explored this area.

Canada Glacier, Taylor Valley, on November 18, 2017 (Source: Greg Neri/National Science Foundation).

A helicopter view of the Commonwealth Glacier and New Harbor, the flat white seen in the distance. This is the entrance to the Taylor Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys.

Commonwealth Glacier and New Harbor on November 18, 2017 (Source: Greg Neri/National Science Foundation).

Taylor Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys as viewed from a helicopter. The valley was named for Thomas Griffith Taylor, chief geologist on Scott’s Terra Nova expedition (1910-1913).

Taylor Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys as viewed from a helicopter on November 18, 2017. Canada Glacier is in the distance (Source: Greg Neri/National Science Foundation).

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