One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

We’ve just had a post about awesome icebreakers sailing to the farthest places of our planet and right now we are going to visit one them.

A Russian polar explorer Alexey, 39, tells about his ordinary working day at the cold pole of the Earth, the Russian Antarctic station “Vostok”. You are invited to spend his January 31, 2014 with him.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

7.50 a.m. – time to wake up.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

There is no mobile connection here so Alexey uses his smartphone only as an alarm clock.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

There is no water supply system either, so they have to melt snow to wash…

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

Having washed and dressed, Alexey comes out to see this…

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

He lives in the “house on sledges” that ha long ago sunk deeply into the snow. To go outside he needs to walk through a tunnel dug in the snow.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

Finally he is outside!

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

This is that very “Vostok” station – one of the loneliest and hard-to-reach places on the planet. To the right is a diesel power station that gives polar explorers light and warmth.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

Interior of the main premises of the station looks like this. You can see the sculpture of Alexey Treshnikov, the man who founded the “Vostok” station.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

There are three doors in the corridor to keep the premises warm. This place is called “the Broadcasting House”.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

This is a kitchen.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

Alexey finishes his breakfast and goes to work at the glaciological laboratory of the drilling facility 5D. This is how it looks like from the side of the station.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

5D means – fifth depth. This is Pavel who’s drinking his morning coffee at work.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

Alexey has a winch under control.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

Cyril pumps kerosene out from the tank for collection of solids.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

That very glaciological lab – the working place of Alexey.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

Here he spends almost every day of the entire field summer season (December and January). He works with an ice core brought by drilling technicians.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

A piece of core is cut off for analysis of its isotopic composition.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

He needs to measure electrical conductivity.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

A light table is used for examining the crystal structure of the ice.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

Many others things are done too and finally the core is marked.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

It’s packed and placed to the corewarehouse.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

Work with core takes about an hour, one day is enough to process 10 cores.
Meanwhile it’s time for lunch!

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

In the kitchen.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

After lunch they have some rest: watch TV, play billiards or surf the Internet.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

At 2 p.m. they are back at work. This is a drilling assembly with new cores lifted on the surface.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

Core comes to light…

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

… to be brought to the laboratory and everything starts over …

At 6 p.m. they announced a rush job of snow preparation.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

At 7 p.m. they have dinner, then go back to work to go home only at 10…

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

The sun stands very low over the horizon, but no sunset is going to happen on a polar day. This hole is on the way home for Alexey.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

At home he has some time for the Internet, processing results of the day, writing his thoughts. Right before going to sleep he takes a walk around the station.

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer

11.30 – time to sleep!

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6 thoughts on “One Day of a Russian Polar Explorer”

  1. Just ignore comments by these trolls – they are all over the web.
    Thanks, ER for these photos which show Russia’s scientific
    strength in the Antarctic!

  2. The perforation was complete sucessful since 2011, why russian people maintain this in complete secretism until this photos? No other information about this scientific expedition exist in the web or the results for the 5D drilling Vostok Lake. I know something about a DNA bachteria founded in the head of the drill before complete the drilling, in 2013, but no more. Now, this year, USA has the same prupose in other subterrean lake in Antartida. This seems to rare to me

  3. Well this places seems abandoned even if with people inside. Dirt all over, very very old furniture, everyting looks so soviet and probably not even cleaned since that period!

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