Welcome to Dry Valleys
Part of the valleys’ otherworldly appearance is due to their bizarre, wind-sculpted rocks. These ventifacts are highly polished on their windward surfaces, and some have been wind-carved into pocked boulders or thin, delicate wafers. Others fit into your hand so well that they resemble smoothly ground primitive tools.
The valleys cover 3000 sq km and, as with other Antarctic landscapes, it can be difficult to comprehend their scale. What appears to be a nearby mountainside or glacier could actually lie hours away.
From north to south, the three main Ross Sea Dry Valleys are Victoria, Wright and Taylor. There are also several smaller valleys.