House Stream

Chad basin, Taylor Valley      Waterbody ID: 12



House Stream flows into Lake Chad on the north shore, and drains the east side of the Suess Glacier. House Stream flows through ice bound moraine and is shaded for most of the day. The rocks in the streambed particles are angular fragments of broken boulders. The gauge at House Stream is located about 100 m upstream from the lake where the valley has become fairly steep sided. Stream length: 2 km.


Environmental data

Hydrological, biological, chemical, and physical property measurements have been made for a number of McMurdo Dry Valley streams and lakes.

See: LTER Data


Diatom taxa found in
House Stream

  • Achnanthes taylorensis
  • Amphora cf. oligotraphenta
  • Chamaepinnularia deltaica
  • Chamaepinnularia quaternaria
  • Craticula molestiformis
  • Fistulifera pelliculosa
  • Hantzschia abundans
  • Hantzschia amphioxys
  • Hantzschia amphioxys f. muelleri
  • Hantzschia hyperaustralis
  • Humidophila arcuata
  • Humidophila arcuata var. parallela
  • Humidophila australis
  • Luticola austroatlantica
  • Luticola dolia
  • Luticola gaussii
  • Luticola laeta
  • Luticola mcknightiae
  • Luticola mutica
  • Luticola muticopsis
  • Luticola permuticopsis
  • Marine diatom fragments
  • Mayamaea atomus
  • Mayamaea atomus fo. permitis
  • Mayamaea atomus var. #1
  • Microcostatus naumannii
  • Muelleria meridionalis
  • Muelleria peraustralis
  • Navicula gregaria
  • Navicula seibigiana
  • Navicula shackletoni
  • Nitzschia australocommutata
  • Nitzschia westiorum
  • Psammothidium germainii
  • Psammothidium papilio
  • Stauroneis latistauros

House Stream, Taylor Valley.

See: Overview maps


The Onyx River flows west (left) toward Lake Vanda. View north from Wright Valley through Bull Pass into Victoria Valley. 0. Photo: Josh Landis, NSF/RPS.


Surveying for placement of Onyx River gaging station near Lake Vanda. 1990. Photo: Sarah Spaulding.


Measuring discharge in the Onyx River. 1990. Photo: Sarah Spaulding.