Scott Base

Scott Base

Scott Base has been New Zealand's permanent base in Antarctica since 1957. The Base provides services and accommodation for the many scientific research parties and groups who visit Antarctica during the summer.  The Base is located on Ross Island in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Ross Island is 3932 km (2114 nautical miles) from Christchurch New Zealand and 1500 km from the South Pole. The Antarctic mainland is 70 km across McMurdo Sound from Scott Base. The closest neighbour to Scott Base is the American base, McMurdo Station, at 3km distance.

Location of Scott Base

  • Pram Point, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island in McMurdo Sound
  • 77 o 51' S, 166 o 46' E
  • 10 m above sea level

3D Scott Base model

You can now download a 3D model of the buildings created in Google SketchUp and explore the Scott Base buildings.  You will also need Google SketchUp Viewer which is a simple tool for viewing the 3D files.  Lastly, download the document that explains how to navigate around the model. 

History

The proposal for a New Zealand base in Antarctica was put to the New Zealand Government by the New Zealand Antarctic Society in 1953.

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Base operations

Scott Base is New Zealand's permanent research support facility in Antarctica.

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Field operations

Antarctica New Zealand's Operations team plans all transport and support activities for the groups we support in Antarctica.

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Current conditions

The Scott Base camera looks looks out over the base entrance and hitching rail.

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Sustainability

Antarctica New Zealand and Meridian Energy have erected three wind turbines on Crater Hill above Scott Base on Ross Island forming the southernmost wind farm in the world.

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