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Base Esperanza, Antarctic Peninsula by Ella Derbyshire

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Taken by
Ella Derbyshire Ella Derbyshire
Explore score
0.13 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 16, 2008
Date taken
Feb 25, 2008

Nikon D80's


This is Base Esperanza, an Argentine research station on Hope Bay at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic bases are unique places to work. Researchers here experience isolation, cold and months of prolonged darkness. This base, in those respects, is like most of the others.

Base Esparenza is very unusual in its population, which includes families with children. There is even a school here. There are also a museum and a chapel and a cemetery along with the usual scientific laboratories and supply buildings that we saw at other Antarctic research stations.

We had planned to land at another site on February 26, but early in the day we were blown around a bit by a late summer snow storm. Our lessons aboard ship that morning included an introduction to the Beauford wind scale. We put in at Hope Harbor, and were happy to be sheltered from the gale. Notice the fresh snow on the roofs and the snow blowing off the ridge and the mountains.

The base commander kindly let us visit when the weather cleared. Thank you for the tour of the base and for the biscuits and tea.

I hope that the folks at Base Esperanza enjoy this portrait of their home as seen from the deck of the MV Professor Multanovskiy.

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