The 2020-2021 BELARE season is off to a good start, despite the added logistical challenge this year of dealing with the COVID-19 situation. The team - consisting of Expedition Leader Alain Hubert, a technical team, and a number of scientists - quarantined in Cape Town, South Africa for three weeks and took three COVID tests - with everyone's results negative - before heding to Antarctica in late November. A lot of snow fell in the vicinity of the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Research Station during the austral winter, which meant a lot of work for the team to clear it away. The first part of the season is always work intensive.
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