Mt. Erebus Antarctic expedition 2007 - Image 32 of 58

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Direct hit. A scientist on the crater rim removes the remains of a seismic station that got hit by a lava bomb during the last Antarctic winter. Even though the station got thoroughly incinerated by the hot lava, it had produced very valuable data during its operational lifetime. On all the scientific stations, data are immediately sent away from the crater rim and off the continent to the associated research institutes via a direct radio and satellite link. This way, one of the rare bomb hits can only destroy the instrument but not the precious data that has already been collected.