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In pictures: Life in Antarctica

Many readers of the BBC News website will spend Christmas in remote areas of the world. Rachel Murray lives and works at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. She sent a series of pictures capturing daily life near the South Pole.

"This is my fifth year down here," she says. "Our summer season has just started with scientists coming from all over the world to conduct their research. I don't think people realise how large the station is until they arrive in our town."

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