Ice Caves return, McMurdo community works to get trips out Kristiana Kornegay Special to Abilene Reflector-Chronicle Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008
Not since 2001 have the residents of McMurdo station had the opportunity to explore the beautiful formations within the Ice Caves located at the edge of the Erebus Glacier Tongue. The caves have not existed since the summer season of 2001 due to the dynamic changes in the sea ice surrounding the edge of the glacier tongue.
The “caves” are not really caves per say, but instead are crevasses that are covered by snow bridges and have a re-frozen, sea water floor. The Erebus Glacier had been held back from surging at a steady pace toward the sea by the frozen sea ice surrounding it.