Pole of inaccessibility (Antarctic research station)


Pole of inaccessibility (Antarctic research station)

Pole of inaccessibility ( _ru. Полюс недоступности) is a now defunct Soviet research station in Antarctica, located near the southern pole of inaccessibility (coord|82|06|S|54|58|E|) — the point in Antarctica furthest from any ocean. (However, some sources give the location as coord|83|06|S|54|58|E| [ [http://www.polarheritage.com/index.cfm/Sitelist01up Historic Sites & Monuments in Antarctica] , International Polar Heritage Committee.] ). It performed meteorological observations from 14 December 1958 to 26 December 1958.

It is located 463 km from the South Pole, and approximately 600 km from Sovetskaya. The surface elevation is 3,800 meters. It was reached in 1958 by the third Soviet Antarctic Expedition led by Yevgeny Tolstikov for International Geophysical Year research work. Its WMO ID is 89550 [http://south.aari.nw.ru/data/Catalogue.html] .

The station had a hut for 4 people, a radio shack, and an electrical hut.

Today, a building still remains at this site, marked by a bust of Vladimir Lenin, and is protected as a historical site. However, as of 2007, this building is almost entirely buried by snow, and only the statue (which is on top of the building) is visible. [http://www.teamn2i.com]

References

Team N2i reach the Pole of Inaccessibility on Jan 19th 2007 - "redisdiscovering" Lenin - http://www.teamn2i.comThe American Queen Maud Land oversnow Traverse reached the Pole of Inaccessibility from Pole Station in the Fall of 1965 and the crew were flown out from there by C130. In the Spring of 1965 (October)a new American crew arrived by C130 to make observations, refurbish the snow cats, and continue the Queen Maud Land Traverse, zig-zaging to end the summer at the newly installed Plateau Station.

ee also

* Soviet Antarctic Expedition


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