8 January, as photographer Ethan Good says, "...it is looking decidedly less 'domey'." (EG)
Well, there may still be a shredder somewhere, but it is no longer relevant. All of the structural pieces and parts were carefully packaged as seen in these two photos...(GT) And they are all back in Port Hueneme awaiting further disposition (GT)!
|...and all of the pieces are back in Port Hueneme, as documented by these photos from later in the year:|
Some folks have wondered if the empty abyss would be graded over or if it would be left for Mother Antarctica to drift in naturally. Here's the answer...on 3 February the (freshly rescued from the Old Pole hole) D8 is at work filling things in. Oh yes, these 2 pictures are from Beth Watson who was actually driving the D8 (EW).
A postscript...in July 2011 the top ring of the dome was reassembled and suspended from the ceiling of the Seabee Museum...as seen in the above hero shot and documented here. In April of 2012, the rigging was adjusted a bit, and the original dome flag pole (shortened a bit) was installed on top of the dome ring, along with the US flag which Jerry had flown at 90šS.
Thanks for the photos! Credits to: FB is Forest Banks; RD is Ryan Deuschle; EG is Ethan Good; DF is Dave Forrest; BK is Bill Koleto, who furnished the NSF photos from Port Hueneme; BM is Bill McAfee; AM is Andy Martinez; DM is Dan Moses; WP is Wayne Petts, JS is Jay Sonderup; GT is AGAP scientist Guy Tygat, and EW is Elizabeth Watson. Some photos also came from the Antarctic Photo Library (APL). And of course I've had assistance with information from Jerry Marty along with Pole the primary construction coordinator Steve Bruce. Steve, along with Brandon Neahusan, successfully planned and managed this job and made sure it happened safely and successfully!
Further documentation...this December 2009 Antarctic Sun article about the dome deconstruction--it includes photos from Guy Tygat. Guy also also provided this article (paywall now, sorry) to ExplorersWeb. Here is a March 2010 NSF press release with photos. Forest Banks has a photo gallery here. And here's a USAP flyer prepared before this project started.
Here's my look at what the dome and environs looked like when I knew it as new. Also worth mentioning here is SavetheDome.com, a great site with a panorama, tour pictures, history, and commentary put together by 2001 winterover Jeff Kietzmann and maintained by 2002 winter site manager Jerry Macala.
There was other work going on around the station...siding and science and such.