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life in the antarctic

 

Most of our scientific studies are carried out at a base called Halley Bay. It is very isolated and not even on the Antarctic continent itself. Instead, it floats on an ice shelf, latitude 73° South, longitude 26° West. mouse over arrow

 

 

 

In winter it stays dark for 105 days but the darkness is sometimes broken by magnificent displays of aurorae.

 

 

 

     

The base is named after the astronomer Edmund Halley - yes, the same astronomer the comet is named after.

 

This picture shows a building from the fifth generation of buildings that have been constructed at Halley Bay. Over the years, the others have all been abandoned and are now buried deep in the snow. About 65 people live at the base in the summer, but in winter only about 15 are allowed to stay. The mid-winter celebrations (June 21st) are wild apparently! The scientists who work in the Antarctic say it is a desolate, but wonderful, place. Few people get to visit and even fewer get to work there - you could be one of them!

     

Midwinter's Day in Antarctica


"The darkest month of the year and important mid-winter celebration for all the people in Antarctica is what June is all about here in the South. The Sun is below horizon but some light is visible on the northern horizon.  Here at Halley, we are lucky to celebrate the mid- winter in new Halley VI station, and to be the first ones to do so. June is the month, which most of the winterers are looking forward and it is the highlight of the winter."

 

 

Antony Dubber works in one of the most remote, dangerous and beautiful places on Earth.

'The Antarctic winter runs from the end of February to the end of December. So far we have endured 100 days of total darkness and temperatures of minus 50 degrees Celsius. When the wind is blowing it can feel 20 degrees colder than that,'

 

Find out about Ewa's voyage on the Southern Ocean on iSun|trek.

 

   

 

   
 
 

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