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Marble Point Air Facility

Marble Point is a location in Antarctica that has played an important role in the region’s history and research. It was the site of an early U.S. Navy base during the International Geophysical Year in 1957-1958, and was considered as a potential location for a hard-surface runway that could support aircraft operations in the southern hemisphere. While the airfield was never completed, Marble Point has served as a refueling stop for helicopters working in the nearby Dry Valleys.

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PistenBully and a Hose Reel

Inspecting a portion of the 6″ hose at the transition from land to sea ice.

Each year a 7 mile long fuel hose is deployed from the bulk fuel storage tanks at McMurdo station to the fuel pits at Willy Field on the ice shelf. The hose is rolled back up at the end of the Summer season to prevent it from becoming buried during the Winter months.

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Out to Willy Field

The hose lay sled moving slowly towards Williams Airfield at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Each year a 7 mile long fuel hose is deployed from the bulk fuel storage tanks at McMurdo station to the fuel pits at Willy Field on the ice shelf. The hose is rolled back up at the end of the Summer season to prevent it from becoming buried during the Winter months.

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Vince’s Cross

“We have felt that our last act before leaving the region which has been our home for so long should be one of homage to the shipmate who sacrificed his life to our work. We have had a large wooden cross prepared for some time; it bears a simple carved inscription to the memory of poor Vince, and yesterday it was erected on the summit of Hut Point, so firmly that I think in this undecaying climate it will stand for centuries.” Robert Falcon Scott, February 16th, 1904

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