The British Antarctic Survey has a new research station with a difference, reports the New Scientist:
CONSTANT darkness, bone-chilling temperatures and cut off from the rest of the world. Living in Antarctica isn’t for the faint-hearted – and I should know, I overwintered there a while back. But at least I lived in a base built on rock; it’s quite another matter when your home sits on top of a floating ice shelf. This is Halley VI, the Antarctic’s most futuristic construction so far.
It needs to be to escape the fate of four of its predecessors, which were crushed beneath the accumulating snow. This is why it stands on long jackable legs. But the most unusual feature of this award-winning British Antarctic Survey base is that it can be towed to a new location thanks to huge skis – a good idea as the ice shelf it sits on moves seawards at a rate of 700 metres a year before eventually calving off into icebergs.
Halley VI is the first movable research station, built out of eight independent but linked modules containing dormitories, generators and labs.
Full report with photos: First relocatable Antarctic research station gets its skis on – environment – New Scientist.
Sounds like the perfect antidote to ‘global warming’.