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Vostok Station

Nationality: Russia

Location: Vostok  - an outpost if there ever was one - is located near the South Geomagnetic Pole, at the center of the East Antarctic ice sheet, where the flux in the earth's electromagnetic field is manifested.


Vostok Station

History: It was built in 1957 (IGY) and named for one of Bellinghausen's two ships, Vostok (East). The station was resupplied by semi-annual tractor-train expeditions that took a month to travel the 868 miles (1400k) from the coast.

Information:
The coldest recorded temperature on Earth, -128.6F (-89.2C) was measured here on July 21, 1983.
Latitude/Longitude:
7827'51"S 10651'57"E
Altitude: 11,484 ft (3,500 m) above sea level
Average Annual Temperature: -67F (-55C)

Science:
Although this is a Russian research station, scientists from all over the world conduct research here. One of the primary projects at this site, a coordinated Russian, French and American effort, is drilling an ice core through the 3,700 m thick ice sheet. This ice core contains climate records for almost half a million years before present.

Web Cam:
N/A

Website:
Vostok

Wildlife:
None, other than an occasional lost skua.


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