Architecture

A New Design for Antarctic Research

By on April 18, 2013
HBA_HalleyVI_James-Morris_001532_1.jpg Photograph by James Morris

The new station, which cost $39,517,000 to build, is positioned perpendicular to the prevailing wind so that snow drifts form behind the station (the leeward side) which reduces the need for snow management. Temperatures drop to -70°F and the site is regularly buffeted by winds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The base is split in two for life safety; each half has its own energy center and is self-sustaining in case of emergency. A bridge link allows sharing of power, drainage and water.

 
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