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New Antarctic Base Can Slide Across Ice

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 11:54am
Associated Press

This April 2, 2012 photo released today by the British Antarctic Survey shows the Halley VI Research Station on the edge of the South Atlantic Ocean. Researchers say that Britain's new Antarctic base will be movable — capable of sliding across the ice on ski-clad stilts. The innovation will enable researchers to keep one step ahead of the southern continent's shifting ice and pounding snows. Image: AP Photo, Sam Burrell, British Antarctic SurveyResearchers say Britain's new Antarctic base is movable — capable of sliding across the ice on ski-clad stilts.

The innovation will enable researchers to keep one step ahead of the southern continent's shifting ice and pounding snows.

The Halley VI Research Station is located on the Brunt Ice Shelf, a floating sheet of ice at the edge of the South Atlantic and becomes fully operational later this month.

It's the sixth in a line of research stations based at the site, most of which had to be abandoned after they were crushed by the weight of the polar snow.

British Antarctic Survey spokesman Paul Seagrove says that the latest incarnation — consisting of sci-fi-looking modules raised off the ground by hydraulic stilts — should last a bit longer.

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