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Day 10: What kind of church did the Russians build in Antarctica? (28.2.2013)

While JP did his expert microbiology thing, preparing enrichment cultures and letting a few liquid bacterial cultures inoculated last night grow at different temperatures in the lab, I got a few photographs around the Professor Julio Escudero Base on King George Island. Top left is a heliport and top right is the facility where we sleep at Escudero; it's the tall blue-roofed building; the red arrow points to our shared room with a bunk bed. This wonderful facility has showers, rooms for 20+ researchers, labs, sterile hood systems, a dining room with associated kitchen (thanks Pancho), conference room for presentations and meetings, etc.

Escudero Base
Escudero Base
Escudero Base
Escudero Base on King George Island
Escudero helipad
INACH research lab and dormitory (red arrow)
     
Russian Orthodox Church Russian Orthodox Church
Inside the Russian Orthodox church
Trinity Church, Russian, Eastern Orthodox church on King George Island

And yes that's a Russian (Eastern) Orthodox church in the lower photographs (-62 11 45.6, -58 57 45.6). It's up on the hill over looking the Escudero port, between the Chilean Base and the nearby Russian base. And like the multi-sign post at Bernado O'Higgins base (see Day 5) this post is, in contrast, all in Cyrillic. And like Spanish, I read almost no Cyrillic, but those distances (15518 km!) suggest locations in Asia if you ask me....

While we were sampling among the smaller islands around King George Island, we were sometimes shadowed by a camera crew and a photographer or two doing a documentary on the work Dr. Pérez-Donoso's lab is carrying out with CdTe nanoparticles. The crew were great people and we worked with them off and on for 5 days while based on Aquiles. They took lots of footage, audio, and interviews and their work subsequently appeared in the media throughout Latin America.

Monrás and Chasteen with a base officer/scientist at Auturo Pratt Base on Greenwich Island
Monrás and Chasteen with a base officer/scientist at Auturo Pratt Base on Greenwich Island

 

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