Blood Falls, Antarctica

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In Victoria
Land (a region directly south of New Zealand),
a murderous hue of what looks like blood stains the white face of the
35-mile-long Taylor Glacier. Blood Falls, as this macabre vision is called, is
not in fact a frozen cascade of hemoglobin. The scarlet tint derives from a
community of sulfur-eating bacteria that dwell deep beneath the glacier in
underground lakes—their crimson iron-oxide excretions dye the ice. But death
does lurk in the vicinity: so arid are the McMurdo Dry Valleys that when lost
seals and penguins wander irreversibly inland, they never decompose. Their
mummified remains are strewn about, completing the ghoulish picture.

See It: Snag a cabin on the final voyage of Kapitan
Khlebnikov
, a Russian
icebreaker that will spend 10 days in the region in October of next year before
returning back to the service of the Kremlin.

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Blood Falls, Antarctica

In Victoria
Land (a region directly south of New Zealand),
a murderous hue of what looks like blood stains the white face of the
35-mile-long Taylor Glacier. Blood Falls, as this macabre vision is called, is
not in fact a frozen cascade of hemoglobin. The scarlet tint derives from a
community of sulfur-eating bacteria that dwell deep beneath the glacier in
underground lakes—their crimson iron-oxide excretions dye the ice. But death
does lurk in the vicinity: so arid are the McMurdo Dry Valleys that when lost
seals and penguins wander irreversibly inland, they never decompose. Their
mummified remains are strewn about, completing the ghoulish picture.

See It: Snag a cabin on the final voyage of Kapitan
Khlebnikov
, a Russian
icebreaker that will spend 10 days in the region in October of next year before
returning back to the service of the Kremlin.

Hassan Basagic [1] [1] http://picasaweb.google.com/basagic/Antarctica20062007#5006276990671077970

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