The back side of the dome, undrifted and unmarred by sewage outfalls and other extraneous obstacles that would appear later.
A good place to do this.
I didn't see this guy, but his visit was well documented by Marshall and others. Behind the skua are the instrument mounts and winch structure above old (buried) Clean Air, and the end of the fuel arch.
I have no idea how these skuas make it this far--of course they're doomed to die because there is no way they can make it back to their normal feeding and nesting areas near the water. Skua sightings at Pole are not all that uncommon--I saw them two years in a row during the 80's.
The black D8 makes an appearance in front of the dome. We had two of these ancient behemoths, one of which had arrived overland from the coast via Byrd Station. This one wasn't too useful since it did not have a blade, and one of the steering clutches didn't steer.
Santa Claus is on top of the dome (presumably discovering that there isn't a chimney up there, and now trying to figure out how to survive the jump through one of the five holes).
A spectacular sun dog display photographed over the dome (by someone else, not me). Sun dogs are somewhat related to rainbows in that they are caused by refraction of sunlight, but by ice crystals instead of liquid water.
Another neat sun dog picture by Tadashi Yogi. Some folks were at the right place at the right time...
The summer folks decided to do a "200 club" since they wouldn't be around for the real thing. Oh by the way, this happened to coincide with a visit from the news media including a TV crew...
Here's Brad on one of the NOAA instrument platforms near old CAF in December 1976. NOAA had been measuring ozone levels using instruments in CAF (not these) since 1974, and at Old Pole since about 1962, In 1976 no one had any idea that someday there would be an "ozone hole." After BAS scientists noticed it in the austral spring of 1985, a review of NASA satellite data, as well as the NOAA records, confirmed that the lack of ozone had developed over the years. The satellite data had previously been ignored as being "insignificant." Hindsight review was able to indicate that the first noticeable decline in ozone layers occurred in 1976...NY Times photo by Walter Sullivan
Right, the exit from skylab to the science field. This picture by NOAA guy John Bortniak is here in the NOAA photo library and was taken in December 1978, a year after we left. The drifting got bad quickly after we left, it could have been dealt with for a few years with the tractors, but this area could not be landscaped because of the many power and data cables strung out on the surface. Newer Polies, notice in these photos that the CUSP lab...isn't.