Using this site

Thank you for visiting the McMurdo Dry Valleys website.  Outlined below are the general approaches and policies followed in the design of this site, for your information.


Users should be aware that while every effort is made to ensure that the information provided on the site remains accurate and current, this website contains resources compiled from a range of sources, some of which are beyond our direct responsibility or control.  The information provided does not alter the international requirements of the Antarctic Treaty System or the national laws which implement them.  If you are planning activities in the Dry Valleys, advice should be taken from appropriate government personnel.


The images on this site are the property of contributing agencies and invididuals and must not be reproduced for any purpose, including personal or educational use, unless you obtain written permission.


Any links from this website to other, external websites and clearly marked by an icon and a mouse-over message and will open in a new window. While these links are provided for the convenience of users they do not imply endorsement of any organisation, product or service and we have no control over the content or condition of any external sites linked to this site.

Downloadable documents are usually provided in PDF format.  A PDF reader can be downloaded free of charge from Adobe. If you are unable to access files in the format provided please use the contact form to request an alternative.


We collect no personal information about you when you visit our web site unless you choose to provide that information to us.

If you are simply visiting the site to browse through our site, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically, such as: the Internet domain and IP address from which you access our web site; the type of browser and operating system used to access our site; the date and time you access our site; the pages you visit; and If you linked to the  site from another web site, the address of that web site.  This information does not identify you personally and does not track or profile individuals.  It is simply used to help us make our site more useful to visitors.

If you the contact form to request information, the details you provide will only be shared with agencies relevant to your enquiry, e.g. the Italian, New Zealand or United States Antarctic programmes, or relevant Antarctic research institutions.

Snowy Rock

Wright Glacier and Labyrinth, from Mount Thor. © Andris Apse, Antarctica NZ Pictorial Collection: K211 07/08