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A history of American stations in Antarctica

October 10, 2013

Learn about the history of the Palmer, Amundsen-Scott, McMurdo, and other stations that Americans have established and occupy on the South Pole.

Monday, October 14
7-8 p.m.
Fort Collins Library
201 Peterson St.

American stations in South Pole

Bill Spindler, a construction engineer who has been stationed at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station for months at a time, will present a history of American stations in Antarctica.

The presentation is part of the Colorado State University Antarctica Lecture Series, sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES).

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Station design based on projects

The theme of the International Geophysical Year 1957-58 was "focus on scientific research in Antarctica." As a result of this intiative, the United States developed plans for seven research stations on the continent, including one at the geographic South Pole.

Three stations have occupied the site since, and Spindler will describe their construction and operations, with an emphasis on the science projects that influenced their design and creation.

For more information about the Antarctic lecture series, go to the SoGES website at

A new development

The story of America's stations in Antarctica is being impacted now by the U.S. government shutdown which began Oct. 1, 2013.

An Oct. 8 Denver Post article, "Shutdown heads south; Antarctic stations shuttered," by AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, reports that, "The federal government shutdown is reaching all the way down to the South Pole."

"The National Science Foundation announced Tuesday that it is putting its three Antarctic scientific stations in deep freeze just as scientists are starting to arrive for the start of a new research season," Borenstein writes.

"If funding resumes, officials will try to resume some research. However, some studies cannot be restarted," the NSF said.

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