After about four and a half hours in the air, we prepare to land on the Blue Ice Runway, a rare and naturally occurring ice strip
that is solid enough to support the weight of this monstrous Soviet military aircraft.
They landed on an ice strip
lit by blazing oil barrels at the remote Amundsen-Scott station.
Their camp is currently served by an ice strip
on nearby Copper Lake during winter, and by float plane and helicopter during the summer.
"We're flying manpower and freight up the coast to the Victor mine site on the 5,000-foot ice strip
," Basaraba says.
Change was happening so fast that Wabasse led a well-publicized two-month long blockade of the winter ice strips
on Koper Lake in 2008 to bring exploration drilling to a halt.