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The tanker ship USNS Maersk Peary docked at McMurdo Station's ice pier is covered by a late season snowfall. As Residents Depart, Winter Arrives
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Wednesday March 02, 2016

Operations at McMurdo Station and the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station have transitioned into winter mode as the residents prepare for nearly four months of total darkness. The last flight of the season left the South Pole on February 16 and the last regular flight out of McMurdo left on March 2.
The flags of the original 12 signatory nations to the Antarctic Treaty surround the ceremonial South Pole. International Antarctic Family Welcomes New Members
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Wednesday October 14, 2015

In the past 18 months, multiple nations signed on to the international accords that administer Antarctica and the protocol overseeing its environmental stewardship. At the same time, other countries have started new science efforts or announced plans to expand dramatically their permanent presence.

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