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The TIDEx-Campaign on Darwin Glacier: Part 2 – At the Gateway to Antarctica
After a 26-hour flight I had arrived 11 time zones further East in Christchurch. This city with 390.000 residents is New Zealnd’s gateway to Antarctica. In olden days the harbor of Lyttleton, only 10 km south of central Christchurch, was the base for Scott’s and Shackleton’s expeditions to the South Pole. Today, the International Airport of Christchurch serves this purpose. It is the central hub for traveling to the Antarctic continent. Particularly in summer months, New Zealand’s and the US air force transports passengers and equipment to the stations in the Ross Sea area.
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