antarctica BAS Rothera Research Station

Adelaide Island

39.4236 Adelaide Station T, Adelaide Island
360.5 32NZ12 Palmer Station, Anvers Island

1975 to present

67 34 S - 68 8 W
Rothera Point
Elevation: 53 feet

Rothera Research Station opened in October 1975 as a research and logistics base for the UK scientific study of  the Antarctic Peninsula. The station is situated to the south east of Adelaide Island. Until 1992, fixed wing Twin Otter aircraft used an ice runway (skiway) 300 m above the base on the Wormald Ice Piedmont. A crushed rock runway and hangarage were built for 1991-92 summer operations and a direct airlink from the Falkland Islands to Rothera was inaugurated. Apart from the UK research ships RRS Charles Darwin, RRS Ernest Shackleton and RRS James Clark Ross,  the Royal Navys Antarctic Patrol Ship HMS Protector moors close to the base and its ships flight helicopter(s) are occasional visitors. Unlike many bases, the station is open all year round, but maximum use is made in the Antarctic summers, to assist scientific and support staff from the British Antarctic Survey - part of the UK Natural Environment Research Council.

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