Scientific Equipment

The six historic sites on the Antarctic Peninsula were all either scientific stations or were bases which supported teams undertaking scientific work during the twentieth century. Of course, much of the expensive equipment was evacuated, when the bases were finally abandoned, and used elsewhere, but some still remain or others have been found and reinstated.

Early Observations

Many of the early scientific observations taken in Antarctica on the atmosphere, climate, ice, geology, life and topography were carried out at or from these six bases and the equipment used to do so often remains on site.

Research: Then and now

Sunshine recorders, weather balloons, the infamous ‘Beastie’ ionosonde, various antennae and structures supporting weather instruments as well as the small items needed to plot new cartographic and geological observations can all be seen. The measurements they took also still exist, the handwritten notebooks, graphs plotted by hand and diligent numerical readings are all archived and provide the foundation for modern studies.

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