Friday, September 16, 2011

There Must Always Be A Cave Of Cool

Halley V1 (UK). Researchers have occupied this site continuously for 54 years. The man-made hole in the ozone was first identified here, so the coordinates are crucial in tracking the state of the atmosphere. Staying put is not easy however— The Brunt Ice Shelf moves as much as half a mile a year, like a conveyor belt built, so the old station is being abandoned as it moves toward the abyss. This new base, however, is more like an RV than an A-frame: Several ski-shod pods get towed back to their original positions as the ice shelf moves.

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