But it’s a video playing on a monitor at the back of the gallery that takes your breath away. Time-lapse shots show sun and clouds racing across the relentless boulder fields and majestic peaks. The sped-up pace gives you the feeling of geologic time, of what the glaciers and mountains have witnessed in their lifespans.
Living amidst these wide rocky fields, Heyward says he felt “claustrophobic. It’s the most open spaces in the world. It’s very quiet, but you start to feel claustrophobic. You can’t go places. . . It’s such an extreme place that you can’t just go out on a walk.”
The scientists travel most places by helicopter. The rocks are stacked atop each other in ways that make them difficult to traverse. And it’s not the sort of place you want to fall or get stuck.
“The rocks,” Heyward says,” have never been walked on for millions of years.”
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