Antarctica - East Antarctica & The South Pole (Chapter)
This is the East Antarctica & the South Pole chapter from Lonely Planet’s Antarctica guidebook.
Severe and spectacular, East Antarctica is the land of the polar plateau and the continent’s coldest temperatures. The icebound coast, with its massive ice shelves, is broken up by the occasional ice-free oasis, or teeming seabird or emperor penguin colonies. Only a small number of research stations are scattered along these difficult-to-reach shores, and visitors are so extraordinary that they are generally welcomed with open arms. Inland East Antarctica, the heart of the ice cap, is only rarely visited by tourists. Several important research stations take advantage of the vast, thick ice sheet and its high, dry, freezing conditions: perfect for astronomy and physics.
- go around the world in seconds at the Geographic South Pole
- visit Mawson’s ‘Home of the Blizzard’ at Commonwealth Bay
- tour futuristic-looking Amundsen-Scott South Pole station and learn about cutting-edge experiments like IceCube
Coverage includes: East Antarctica, Neumayer Iii Station, Sanae Iv, Troll Station, Schirmacher Hills, Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station, Syowa Station & Dome Fuji, Molodezhnaya Station, Mawson Station, Scullin & Murray Monoliths, Lambert Glacier & Amery Ice Shelf, Larsemann Hills, Vestfold Hills, Mirnyy Observatory, Bunger Hills, Casey Station, Dumont D’Urville Station, Commonwealth Bay & Cape Denison, Leningradskaya Station, Concordia Station & Dome Charlie (Dome C), Vostok Station, Dome Argus (Dome A) and South Pole.
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