Mawson weathers wild Antarctic storm

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It’s a bit breezy

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Mawson research station is nestled on the coast of East Antarctica.

Where the ice cap falls steeply to the sea.

As winter sets in, fearsome gravity-fed ‘katabatic’ winds roar down the slope.

The 19 Australians at Mawson have just endured an epic seven day blizzard.

The wind blew between 100-148 km/h, with one gust reaching 244 km/h.

Visibility was zero for days on end.

As conditions eased, expeditioners headed out to check for damage.

While the force of the winds moved fully laden shipping containers, there were no major issues.

For safety, the team followed a rope or ‘blizz line’ to move between buildings.

Moving even a small distance in Antarctic storms is a feat of strength and endurance.

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