The wind turbines of Scott Base

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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7th January, 2012
"Fuel is life in Antarctica,” Jonathan Leitch told me at Scott Base last month. Leitch is in charge of asset management at the permanent New Zealand station that sits near the end of Hut Point Peninsula on Ross Island. This volcanic island, dominated by Mt Erebus, is the most populated part of the frozen continent: Scott Base can sleep up to 85 people, and at the American McMurdo Station, just over the hill, the summer population can reach more than 1200. For decades, it’s been fossil fuel that has provided the heat to keep people alive here at latitude 77° 51', where temperatures ...

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