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McMurdo Station

The MV OCEAN GIANT docked in Winter Quarters Bay at McMurdo Station Vessel Arrivals Dominate Operations at McMurdo Station in January
Around the Continent / McMurdo Station News
Friday February 13, 2015

January is crunch time at McMurdo Station, when science activities stretched across the continent reach a zenith – and just as rapidly wind down in anticipation of the upcoming winter. Additionally, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Polar Star appeared mid-month to carve a channel through the sea ice, paving the way for a small parade of ships to reach the station’s ice pier.

South Pole Station

South Pole Station building with exposed structural support Latest South Pole Geographic Marker Takes its Place in 2015
Around the Continent / South Pole Station News
Friday February 13, 2015

Just as the annual Race Around the World marks the Christmas holiday at South Pole Station, January has its traditions. The geographic marker at 90 degrees south latitude sits on an ice sheet nearly two miles thick. The ice moves – about 10 meters or 33 feet per year – requiring the marker to be relocated on or about the first day of January each year.

Palmer Station

An Adelie penguin with a satellite tag porpoises through the water Palmer LTER Closes in on Quarter-Century of Antarctic Ecosystem Research
Around the Continent / Palmer Station News
Friday February 13, 2015

Besides being the start of a new year, January also marks the start of the Palmer Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) cruise.

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