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Arctic Buildings176 viewsAround some buildings in the summertime, "pedestaling" occurs because structures shade the ice and snow beneath from the sun's heat. Each subsequent summer adds to the height of the pedestal. This building on NP-22 reached 5 meters in height after seven years. Image credit: EWG.Feb 14, 2013
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Arctic Buildings217 viewsEven if materials didn't need to be housed within a building, storing them outside also posed difficulties. Supplies were stacked on fuel barrels to elevate them above the snow and to protect them from melt water during summer. Image credit: EWG.Feb 14, 2013
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Life on a Drifting Station171 viewsSunset at a North Pole station. The large antennae are for studying ionospheric processes. Image credit: EWG.Feb 14, 2013
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Life on a Drifting Station164 viewsGenerators running on diesel fuel provided enough electricity to keep the camp well lit through the long arctic winter. Image credit: EWG.Feb 14, 2013
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Arctic Buildings163 viewsHarsh and extreme arctic conditions required special considerations when trying to build any type of structure. Heavy machinery was used to construct and maintain the runways that allowed planes to deliver supplies. When not used for runways, tractors such as this one would be used for other construction around the camp. Image credit: EWG.Feb 14, 2013
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Life on a Drifting Station287 viewsThe main airplane, Ilyushin 14 (IL-14) used for transporting personnel and cargo. Image credit: EWG.Feb 14, 2013
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Life on a Drifting Station306 viewsAs a rule, each North Pole camp served as the base camp for the activity of the high-latitude Sever ("North" in Russian) airborne data collecting expeditions. Image credit: EWG.Feb 14, 2013
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Life on a Drifting Station275 viewsTwo station members walking through the base camp of the high-latitude Sever expedition at Zhokov Island. Image credit: EWG.Feb 14, 2013
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Life on a Drifting Station163 viewsCables leading to the meteorology laboratory at NP-21 supply electricity from a diesel generator. Image credit: EWG.Feb 14, 2013
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Life on a Drifting Station178 viewsRecreation could include climbing the large ridges and hummocks on the ice station floe. These often reached 10 meters in height. During excursions like this, one of the men would typically carry a rifle for protection against polar bears. Image credit: EWG.Feb 14, 2013
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Life on a Drifting Station189 viewsA biplane landing near an iceberg, off the Laptev Sea. Image credit: EWG.Feb 14, 2013
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Life on a Drifting Station334 viewsTents at NP-1 served as both living and working areas. On subsequent stations, however, such as that pictured here, tents were used mainly for supply storage. Plywood was used for buildings that housed people and laboratories. Image credit: EWG.Feb 14, 2013
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