South Georgia Scenery

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The Church at Grytviken was imported by the Norwegians and was first used in 1913. This building had a lot of preservation work done on it by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) personnel and was still looking immaculate in 1992, the last time I visited, mainly due to the continued work of Tim and Pauline Carr. Exterior and interior views of the Norwegian Church at Grytviken whaling station, taken in early 2002. Church pictures courtesy Juanita and Henry Zeinstra of Michigan U.S.A.
Lying above Grytviken, Gull Lake is to all intents and purposes a man made reservoir. It was used to serve water turbines supplying electricity to the whaling station. During the winter the lake would freeze over and power would be supplied by diesel generators. During the summer the ice melts and the water becomes warm enough (just) to enabling swimming, but only for a very short period; I'm not that much of a roughy toughy. The view here changes dramatically as the snow gives way to lush green, low growing vegetation.