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Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

General Information

Completion: 1957
Status: in use

Project Type

Function / usage: Polar research facility

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Technical Information

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Chronology

November 1956

Continuous occupation of the station begins.

24 January 1957

Station is established.

Notes

The station stands at an elevation of 2,835 meters on interior Antarctica's nearly featureless ice sheet, about 2,850 meters thick at that location.

The station's name honors Roald Amundsen and Robert F. Scott, who attained the South Pole in 1911 and 1912.

Research at the station includes glaciology, geophysics, meteorology, upper atmosphere physics, astronomy, astrophysics, and biomedical studies.

Recorded temperature has varied between minus 13.6 degrees Centigrade and minus 82.8 degrees Centigrade. Annual mean is minus 49 degrees Centigrade; monthly means vary from minus 28 degrees Centigrade in December to minus 60 degrees Centigrade in July. Average wind is 5.5 meters per second; peak gust recorded was 24 meters per second.

Some 28 scientists and support personnel winter at the station, and 130 or more people work there during the summer. The station's winter personnel are isolated between mid-February and late October.

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  • Structure-ID
    10000318
  • Date created
    21/06/2003
  • Last Update
    23/10/2018