3.5 Inventory of Past Activities

3.5 Inventory of Past Activities

Name of station/base/field camp/traverse/crashed aircraft/etc, co-ordinates (latitude and longitude) period during which activity undertaken; description/purpose of activities undertaken; description of equipment or facilities remaining.

The following table provides information on some of the sites where Australian activities have been undertaken. More complete information will be provided following the development of a database on past activities conducted by Australia.

Name of facility

Latitude

Longitude

Date

commenced

Date completed

Description of activities undertaken

Equipment or facilities remaining

Casey Station

66° 17'S

110° 32'E

Dec 1988

ongoing

Permanent station supporting scientific activities

Refer to Casey

Davis Station

68° 35'S

77°58'E

13 Jan 1957

ongoing

Permanent station supporting scientific activities

Refer to Davis

Mawson Station

67°36'S

62°52'E

13 Feb 1954

ongoing

Permanent station supporting scientific activities

Refer to Mawson

S2

66°29'S

122°13'E

1957

1966

Glaciology research site

S2 consisted of a 'Jamesway' hut, generator, storage, and snow laboratory all dug in the snow, joined with a roofed trench and then covered over with snow, and a shaft which they dug down into the ice, 36m deep.

Over the years the snow has covered it all. But each year expeditioners returned and dug it out to do more experiments and take more ice samples.

When they finally closed the site (around 1966) they were living in an underground ice cave/tunnel, the hut and all, buried. Now there is a 15m deep shaft to the original dwelling which consists of a tunnel joining the hut and the 36m shaft. Refer to following URL for additional information

What is S2?

Law Base Station

69°23'S

76°23'E

5 Feb 1986

1 Feb 2002

Summer field station for scientific research

The base is located on the eastern peninsula and comprises two Apple huts, three Melon huts, a large prefabricated hut and a small metal shed.

Beaver Lake field camp

70°48'S

68°10'E

January 1995

1997/98

Field camp for scientific research

4 Apple huts and camping gear for 10 people. Some field rations and 10 drums of petrol.

Mawson Escarpment "Two Dogs Depot"

72°31'S

68°19'E

1996/97

Fuel depot for helicopters

Drums of ATK

Wilkes Station

66?15.4'S

110?32.2E

1958

1962

Abandoned research station

Numerous buildings and equipment, much of which is ice covered. 

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