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News Picks : UK research station in Antarctica loses power

By: Physics Today
08 August 2014

BBC: On 30 July the Halley VI Research Station, run by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), lost power for 19 hours. The station is located on the Brunt Ice Shelf, which floats on the Weddell Sea and where outdoor temperatures during Antarctic winter can go as low as –32 °C. Although power and some heating are back on line, the station has not yet returned to normal operation. The BAS reports that all staff are currently safe and in good health. The cause of the power loss has not yet been determined.


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