Tuesday, December 11, 2007

King George Island and the first person born in Antarctica

King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands has stations from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, South Korea, Peru, Poland, Russia and Uruguay. Look at how many houses, it has to be one of the most populated place in Antarctica

In King George Island there is an airport and even a Russian Church built in 2004 that looks very similar to the ones in Kizhi..

Base Esperanza (Argentina) has not good satellite images, but a Guinness Record, it was the birthplace of Emilio Marcos Palma, the first person to have been born in Antarctica

I just discovered a couple of nice views of stations. The Bernardo O'Higgins Base (Chile) where is located the big antenna from the German Antarctic Receiving Station (GARS)

and the Davis Station (New Zealand)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Research stations in Antarctica

I always wondered how were research stations in Antarctica. I found some with good satellite images.

Rothera Station (UK)

Troll station (Norway)

Casey Station (Australia)

Marambio Island station (Argentina)

One of the best shots I have seen in Antarctica is this one made from the Belgrano station (Argentina)

Belgrano station

After browsing a little bit I realized that Antarctica is more interesting than I expected. There are active volcanos like Mount Erebus with a permanent lava lake in the crater. I have found the Hurtigruta ship called Nordkapp that I was used to see in the port of Bergen (Norway). I also found the French-Italian Base Concordia and the Ucrainian base Vernadsky, where they even have a bar.