GeoEye-1 Satellite Image of Rothera Research Station, Antarctic Peninsula
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GeoEye-1 Satellite Image (0.5m) – The Rothera Research Station in the Antarctic Peninsula. Living and working in the harsh and remote environment of Antarctica requires specialist facilities. In order to carry out its ambitious scientific programme, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) operates four permanently staffed research stations, a summer-only research station and two small logistics facilities. The research stations are self-contained communities, with satellite links to the outside world, where science and monitoring programmes are carried out. Each station contains living accommodation, laboratories and workshops. They have to provide staff with food, water and washing facilities and deal with the resulting waste. The larger research stations also support aircraft, ship and field operations and are equipped with state-of-the-art computer and telecommunications technology. BAS research stations are all specially designed for their role and built to ensure minimum environmental impact. Their construction enables them to endure the extreme Antarctic climate and weather.