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Aerial view of Scott Base, 2004 (3rd of 3)

Aerial view of Scott Base, 2004

By 2004 Scott Base had changed a great deal since it was set up in 1957. Extended and rebuilt in the 1970s and 1980s, it was substantially larger and more comfortable. Numbers there at any one time varied between nine, during winter, and 112 (a very full house on special occasions). Some people spent the equivalent of years at the base. Despite the increased comfort, Antarctica remained a very cold and windy place. On an exceptionally warm day the temperature might reach 7.5°C, while on a cold day it could dip as low as -57°C. Winds of more than 180 kilometres an hour were experienced. 

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Nigel Roberts, 'Antarctica and New Zealand - Developments after the Second World War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Nigel Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012