Exciting times this week at Macca with the arrival of the French Navy icebreaker L'Astrolabe on Tuesday.
As part of her maiden voyage to the French Antarctic station Dumont d'Urville, L'Astrolabe completed a resupply of cargo and transfer of 10 new expeditioners for the Australian Antarctic program to Macquarie Island. The arrival of the new expeditioners officially marks the commencement of the summer season at Macca.
- Across the summer season, a total of 19 summer expeditioners will be focused on a range of important science projects including:
- Ongoing monitoring by the Albatross and Giant Petrel Program researchers
- A geology project collecting basalt samples to determine the age and origin of the magmatism along the Australian-Pacific plate boundary
- Monitoring ecosystem responses after the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project, including invertebrates, burrowing petrels and skua
- A conservation project focused on monitoring the critically endangered Azorella macquariensis
- The collection of lake sediment samples to study climatic and ecosystem changes.