The unusual life of a famous station.
105 years ago, on 14 December 1911 the Norwegian Explorer Roald Amundsen first reached the South pole. In honor of this day we decided to see how living explorers.
Says photoblogger Sergei Share: “Station “Amundsen — Scott”, named in honor of the discoverer of the South pole, striking in its scope and technology. The complex of buildings around them for thousands of miles there is nothing but ice, is downright a totally different world. We have not solved all the scientific and research secrets, but had a very interesting tour of the residential units and shown as live explorers…”
3. Initially, during construction, the station was located exactly at the geographical South pole, however, due to ice movement in a few years the base has shifted to the 200 metres.
4. This is our plane DC-3. In fact, he was strongly modified by the Basler company, and almost all the stuffing in it, including avionics and engines, is new.
5. The plane can sit on the ground and on the ice.
6. This picture clearly shows how close the plant is from the historic South pole (group of check boxes in the center). But a single check box to the right is the geographic South pole.
7. On arrival we were greeted by the staff and gave us a tour of the main building.
8. It stands on stilts, as well as many homes in the North. This is done to ensure that the building did not melt the ice beneath him and not “floating”. In addition, the bottom space is perfectly blown by the winds (in particular, the snow under the station was not cleaned even once since its construction).
9. The entrance to the station: you need to climb the stairs two flights. Due to the fact that the air is thin, to make it easy.
10. The living units.
11. At the pole during our visit it was -25 degrees. We arrived in full regalia — three layers of clothing, hats, Balaclava, etc. — and then we suddenly met a guy in a light sweater and crocs. He said he used: I’ve been through several winters and max frost, who was caught here, minus 73 degrees. Forty minutes, while we walked around the station, he walked like this.
12. The station inside is simply amazing. Let’s start with the fact that it has a huge gym. Popular games among employees — basketball and badminton. For heating plants use about 10,000 gallons of aviation fuel a week.
13. Some statistics: the station is home to and employs 170 people, winter people remain 50. Feed for free at a local cafeteria. Work 6 days a week for 9 hours a day. On Sunday all of the output. We chefs also output, and all tend to eat what is left uneaten in the fridge since Saturday.
14. There is a music room (title photo), and apart from sports there is a gym.
15. There is a room for trainings, conferences and similar events. When we walked by, there was a Spanish lesson.
16. The two-story station. On each floor it penetrates a long corridor. Right away residential blocks, left research.
17. The conference space.
18. Next to the balcony with views of the outbuildings of the station.
19. Everything can be stored in unheated rooms, lies in these hangars.
20. This neutrino Observatory IceCube, which scientists catch neutrinos from space. Briefly it works like this: the collision of a neutrino and an atom produces particles, known as muons, and a flash of blue light called Cerenkov radiation. In the clear Arctic ice optical sensors IceCube will be able to recognize it. Typically, for a neutrino observatories dig a mine at a depth and is filled with water, but the Americans decided not to be penny wise and built IceCube at the South pole, where ice enough. The size of the Observatory 1 cubic kilometer, hence, the name. The project cost $ 270 million
21. Theme made onion on the balcony overlooking our plane.
22. The entire database of hang invitations to seminars and workshops. For example, a writer’s workshop.
23. Noticed garlands of palm trees attached to the ceiling. Apparently, the longing for summer and warmth among the employees.
24. Old sign station. Amundsen and Scott — two pioneers who conquered the South pole almost simultaneously (when viewed in a historical context), with a difference in a month.
25. Before this station was different, it was called “the Dome”. In 2010 it was finally dismantled. This photograph shows the last day.
26. Room facilities: Billiards, Darts, books and magazines.
27. A scientific laboratory. Not let us go, but opened the door. Please note on the bins: at the station practiced separate collection of waste.
28. Office for firefighters. Standard American system: everyone has his own wardrobe in front of him fully ready outfit.
29. It is only necessary to run up, to jump in boots and clothe.
30. A computer club. Perhaps, when the station was built, it was relevant, but now everyone has laptops, and we come here, I think, to cut to the toy via the network. No wifi, but there is a personal access to the Internet at a speed of 10 KB per second. We, unfortunately, not given, and I failed succinite on the pole.
31. As well as in the camp of ANI, water is the most expensive on the station. For example, to flush the toilet is worth one dollar.
32. Medical center.
33. I raised my head and looked as perfectly coiffed wire. Not so, as happens with us and certainly somewhere in Asia.
34. The station is the most expensive and most difficult to gift shop in the world. A year ago there was Eugene Kaspersky, and he didn’t have the cash (wanted to pay with the card). When I went, Jack took the thousand dollars and asked to buy everything in the store. I, of course, filled with Souvenirs the bag, and then I began to quietly hate companions, so I created a queue for half an hour. By the way, in this store you can buy beer and soda, but sell them only to employees of the station.
35. There is a table with the seals of the “South pole”. We all took the passport and stamped it.
36. The station even has its own Conservatory and greenhouse. Now they are not needed as there is communication with the outside world. And in winter, when for several months the relationship with the outside world is interrupted, the staff grows their own vegetables and herbs.
37. Every employee has the right to use the Laundry once a week. To go to shower 2 times a week for 2 minutes, i.e. 4 minutes per week. I was told that usually all save and wash every two weeks. Honestly, the smell I already guessed.
40. And this area of creativity. It’s got everything you could imagine: threads for sewing, paper and paints for drawing, modeling, cardboard etc. Now I really want to get to some of our polar station and to compare their way of life and the constructed nature.
41. At the historic South pole is a stick that has not changed since the days of the pioneers. A pointer to the geographic South pole is moved each year in connection with the amendment to the motion of the ice. The station has a small Museum of weights accumulated over the years.
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