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Drifting Station Ceremonies403 viewsPart of the opening ceremonies involved the firing of guns and rifles. Image credit: EWG.
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Ice Hazards384 viewsWhen a pond melts, a whirlpool forms, emptying the pond in minutes. This photograph of a melt pond whirlpool is from NP-6. Image credit: EWG.
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Taking Scientific Measurements342 viewsOne of the primary purposes of the drifting stations was to collect all possible meteorological data while on the ice floe. This involved installing, calibrating, and maintaining the instruments. Here, researcher German Maximov conducts a routine calibration of a pyranometer (in the large tube). Image credit: EWG.
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Scientific Instruments333 viewsStation members were responsible for recording measurements from a variety of different instruments. Shown here is an array of meteorological instruments at NP-21. From left are the instrument for solar radiation measurement (pyranometer, albedometer, actinometer and balancemeter), the shelter housing thermometers for air temperature and humidity and the hair hygrometer, the precipitation gauge (Tetrakov type), and the anemometer, which is mounted on a mast at 10 meters. Image credit: EWG.
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Polar Bears320 viewsThis station member was just climbing around on the ridges and hummocks of the ice floe, but, like all who ventured away from camp, he carried a rifle for protection from polar bears. Image credit: EWG.
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Polar Bears319 viewsBeyond the ridges of ice, dogs chase the polar bear, ensuring that it does not approach the camp. Image credit: EWG.
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Scientific Instruments319 viewsA closer view of the instrument array at NP-21. The camp buildings in the background are just visible through the blowing snow. Image credit: EWG.
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Ice Hazards317 views"Pedestaling" occurs in summer because structures shade the ice and snow beneath from the sun's heat. Although this supply bag offers an example on a small scale, pedestaling frequently occurred around buildings and large structures. Image credit: EWG.
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Scientific Instruments312 viewsInstrument masts were insulated using mounds of hay to help keep them upright and prevent the snow from melting out from around them. Image credit: EWG.
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Taking Scientific Measurements309 viewsA lone station member taking snow line (snow survey) measurements. Image credit: EWG.
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Scientific Instruments299 viewsThis meteorological instrument box is at the standard height of two meters above the surface. Image credit: EWG
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Arctic Buildings298 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.
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