Photographer's Note

The Dry Valleys make up less than 5% of Antarctica and are so called because of the absence of snow on either the valley floors or walls. There is no snow fall here except for the peaks/ridges separating the valleys that rise to about 2000 meters.

The valleys were first formed by advancing glaciers from the ice-sheet that covers the rest of the continent. As the glaciers disappeared they left behind sub-glacial lakes on the valley floors. Pictured here is Lake Vanda, whose surface is perennially frozen.

Wind is the strongest force here and it has sculpted the rocks in all sorts of shapes as can be seen in the foreground.

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  • Copyright: Kaustubh RP (kaustubh10) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 9 N: 33] (182)
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  • Date Taken: 2007-01-00
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  • Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/400
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  • Date Submitted: 2008-02-01 7:14
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