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My winter house

12 May 2013, 15:56 UTC
My winter house
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Join glaciologist Albane Barbero as she takes us on a guided tour of Concordia research station in the heart of Antarctica on a mountain plateau called Dome C. Loosely translated from her original in French. I realised that I have … Continue reading →

Concordia station. Credits: IPEV/PNRA A. Barbero
Join glaciologist Albane Barbero as she takes us on a guided tour of Concordia research station in the heart of Antarctica on a mountain plateau called Dome C. Loosely translated from her original in French.
I realised that I have not written about my new house. To start with it is very large: 1500m2 for 15 people or 100 m2 per person. Pretty roomy don’t you think? Concordia has a special design based on two towers built on large hydraulic pylons to avoid sinking into the snow and snowdrifts. A couple of containers are connected to the noisy tower. Ah yes, as you might have understood, each tower is layout with specific activities in mind, divided into a ‘noisy’ and ‘quiet’ tower.
Credits: IPEV/PNRA A. Barbero
We start our tour in the containers. They are the beating heart of the complex. No, not the kitchen, but the generators, motors and ...

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