Hogback and Hjorth Hills at Marble Point

Hogback Hill and Hjorth Hill are two prominent geographical features located in the Wilson Piedmont Glacier region of Antarctica.

Hogback Hill is a rounded mountain that stands 2,300 feet high, situated immediately north of Hjorth Hill and about 3 miles west of Cape Bernacchi. It is part of the Asgard Range in Victoria Land.

Hjorth Hill is a rounded, ice-free mountain that rises to 2,490 feet, standing just north of New Harbor and 2 nautical miles south of Hogback Hill. It was named after the maker of the primus lamps used by the British Antarctic Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott in 1910-1913.

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Marble Point Air Facility

Marble Point is a location in Antarctica that has played an important role in the region’s history and research. It was the site of an early U.S. Navy base during the International Geophysical Year in 1957-1958, and was considered as a potential location for a hard-surface runway that could support aircraft operations in the southern hemisphere. While the airfield was never completed, Marble Point has served as a refueling stop for helicopters working in the nearby Dry Valleys.

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Dead Seal Overlooking the Wilson Piedmont Glacier

A little over half way up to the top of Hogback Hill at Marble Point, a dead seal can be found. Roughly 1,800 feet above sea level and seemingly out of place, overlooking the Wilson Piedmont Glacier and McMurdo Sound.
“These centuries-old mummies have been seen up to 41 miles (66 kilometers) inland in the Dry Valleys and 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) above sea level; why the seals roamed so far away from the coast to their death remains a mystery, with potential culprits including viruses and bad weather.”
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/antarctica-dry-valleys-seal-mummies_n_1262867

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PistenBully and a Hose Reel

Inspecting a portion of the 6″ hose at the transition from land to sea ice.

Each year a 7 mile long fuel hose is deployed from the bulk fuel storage tanks at McMurdo station to the fuel pits at Willy Field on the ice shelf. The hose is rolled back up at the end of the Summer season to prevent it from becoming buried during the Winter months.

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Out to Willy Field

The hose lay sled moving slowly towards Williams Airfield at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Each year a 7 mile long fuel hose is deployed from the bulk fuel storage tanks at McMurdo station to the fuel pits at Willy Field on the ice shelf. The hose is rolled back up at the end of the Summer season to prevent it from becoming buried during the Winter months.

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