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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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