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Scott Base, Ross Island, Antarctica by Ella Derbyshire

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Taken by
Ella Derbyshire Ella Derbyshire
Explore score
0.10 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 08, 2008
Date taken
Oct 25, 2008

Nikon D80's


Here is Scott Base on Pram Point, Ross Island, Antarctica. It is New Zealand's only reasearch station on Antarctica. Scott Base is occupied year round with a winter-over crew of 10 and summer crews of up to 80.

When I took this photograph I was about half way up the hill on the road from McMurdo Research Station which is about a mile away. You can see some folks from McMurdo walking down the road to the base for a brief visit.

On a continent where orange and red-painted buildings are common, Scott Base is remarkably green. The official Scott Base 50th Anniversary web site tells us that it was painted with Britsh Standard BS670 when the base superintent wanted to recall the white cottages in Ireland's green fields and decided to reverse the color scheme. The folks in the gift shop called it RBT green for the superintendent, Robert Baden Thomas. The last time it was painted, they used Chelsea cucumber - Resene 6-071 . Oh how green it is!

There is quite a bit of activity on the ice around these quiet, green buildings. Have a look. If you want to see more of Scott Base, try the station's webcam at www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/education/2568 Will open in a new tab or window.
The 33 images for this panorana were photographed with a Nikon D80 and stitched with Autopano Pro.

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