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  1. I enjoyed that one Ab
    It makes me wonder what is going on at the Scott-Amundsen research station at the South Pole
    The NSF – which essentially occupies the South Pole – certainly doesn’t want any uninvited visitors. See this recent policy on drones [late 2014]:
    www.nsf.gov/geo/plr/plr_announce/uav_policy_09152014.pdf
    which is found among many interesting snippets at the main page
    www.nsf.gov/geo/plr/support/southp.jsp
    I am curious what 150 scientists are doing during the summer, in addtion to the stay behind complement of 50 during the winter. The list of polar publications on the website is not at first glance related to the pole itself e.g. about penguins, ice shelves etc.
    Here are the flags of all the gatekeeper states at the US base
    www.nsf.gov/geo/plr/images/prss/spstation_flags.jpg

    Americans have occupied the geographic South Pole continuously since November 1956…..
    …The station has an Atmospheric Research Observatory, the Martin A. Pomerantz Observatory for astrophysics, and computer systems for research and communication including Internet access. It has collected the longest continuous set of meteorological data from Antarctica’s vast interior ice plateau, and it is well located for studies of the cusp region of the magnetosphere. Astronomy and astrophysics have flourished in recent years, taking advantage of excellent optical properties of the atmosphere (resulting from its high elevation, low temperature, and low humidity) and, for neutrino detection, the extremely clear and homogeneous thick ice below. A small biomedical research facility is present. Other areas of interest include glaciology, geophysics and seismology, ocean and climate systems, astrophysics, astronomy, and biology.

    The odd visitor turns up….and then carries on alone across the continent…

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