Trinity Church, King George Island.

Photo: James L. Boka on Wikipedia)
This strange little church, perched on the black sands of King George Island, looks like something out of Harry Potter, but is actually the southernmost Orthodox Christian church in the world.
It was built by the Russians in the 1990s to minister to their permanent settlement in Antarctica, Bellingshausen Station.
Manned by a couple of volunteer priests at all times, the chapel also serves a number of other international bases in the area.
Unlike most of the squat, unadorned buildings in Antarctica, the church brings a warm dose of old world flare to the island, and seems almost miraculous amongst the harsh surrounds.
via Chill Out at These 9 Antarctic Outposts | Atlas Obscura.

Antarctic Ice Tunnels.

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Deep below one of the world’s most remote outposts, a network of tunnels cut into the ice has come to house “shrines” dedicated to both the odd, and the profound.
Founded as a small research base at the South Pole in 1956, Amundsen-Scott Station has developed into a thriving research hub sometimes housing hundreds of science and support personnel at a time. What originally began as a cluster of wooden buildings has progressed into a state-of-the-art network of facilities designed to support scientific operations while mitigating the effects of the harsh Antarctic environment on its inhabitants.
What many do not know, however, is that beneath the expanse of high-tech buildings, communications facilities, and even an airport complete with an ice-runway, there lies a complex web of tunnels carved out of the ice itself. Completed in 2002, these tunnels were created to convey fresh water and effluent to and from the new “elevated station” buildings.
Since that time, adventurous station personnel have descended into the tunnels (the temperature of which hovers just below -60°F/-51°C) to create personal memorials to a wide array of Antarctic experiences. Some of these shrines commemorate specific Antarctic seasons or completed work projects, and some are are just silly.
One of the strangest of these monuments consists of the body of an atrophied White Sturgeon and a hand written account of its journey. The fish had arrived in 1992 at McMurdo Station (a US base located at the edge of Antarctica and the Ross Sea) and had been destined for a remote Russian station called Vostok.
However, the Russians gifted the sturgeon to American scientists who later discarded it after it had languished, uneaten in a freezer for several months. It was from the trash dump that a garbage processing crew reclaimed the sturgeon, and it then made its way from location to location across Antarctica.

Read on via South Pole Ice Tunnels | Atlas Obscura.

The Ice Monster, east Antarctica.

The Ice Monster by Laurent Ballesta, France.
Laurent and his expedition team were working out of the Dumont d’Urville scientific base in east Antarctica.
Ice shelves in the East Antarctic ice sheet are melting faster than scientists assumed.
When Laurent spotted this small iceberg, he saw the chance to show for the first time the underwater part. I
t took three days to check the location, install a grid of lines from the seabed to buoys (so that Laurent could maintain a definite distance) and take the series of pictures to capture the scene.
Source: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 – the winners | Environment | The Guardian

‘Iceberg Graveyard’ by Josselin Cornou.

Image Credit: ‘Tabular iceberg” Photograph by Josselin Cornou, France, Shortlist, Open, Nature (Photo: 2017 Sony World Photography Awards)
“On our way to the 66 parallel south — in Antarctica — we discovered a recent iceberg graveyard,” explains French photographer Josselin Cornou.
“A massive part (as large as a U.S. state) of the ice shelf broke down a few years ago due to global warming, displaying a splendid but scary visual
Those icebergs are about 100 feet tall from the sea level, transporting big amount of fresh water, waiting to be dissolved in the ocean.
The scene was magnificent, but also incredibly scary.”
Source: 12 breathtaking images from the Sony World Photography Awards | MNN – Mother Nature Network