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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Antarctic Danger: Ice Shelf Cracks Close British Base … Again

Modules from the Halley VI base were moved to a new site in December 2016.
Credit: British Antarctic Survey


t will be the second winter in a row that Halley VI has been shut for the season because of the danger that the station could be cut off by two growing cracks in the 490-foot-thick (150 meters) floating ice shelf.

 [Photos: Behind the Scenes of an Antarctic Research Base's Relocation]

Britain's Halley VI research station is being towed to a new location 
on an ice shelf in Antarctica, to avoid a growing chasm that 
threatens to cut it adrift. 

The eight modular buildings of the base are equipped with hydraulic legs 
and skis so they can be moved. But, this is the first time that the Halley VI 
base has been relocated since it was first assembled in 2012. 
[Read full story about the Antarctic base's move]

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