June 11, 2007 in Pictures
This picture gallery unfolds some of the key moments of the three past BELARE expeditions in Antarctica. Expeditions took place in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Arriving in the Sør Rondane Mountain range to decide on the station's ideal construction site.
© International Polar Foundation / René Robert
Surveying the site by Ski-Doo.
They find the granite mountain ridge on which the station could be solidly attached.
The Utsteinen ridge.
A first topographic survey to make sure this is the right site for attaching the station.
Installing the weather station for monitoring on-site conditions.
First camp on site.
Digging a trench to shelter provisions and equipment until next year.
Twin Otter plane that brought the BELARE 2005 team from Russian station Novolazeravskaja to the Sør Rondane area.
Overland route survey from construction site in Utsteinen to coast, so as to find a suitable unloading point for the first shipment.
They spotted the kind of snow ramp that they were looking for.
The air survey was followed by a Ski-Doo land survey of the overland route.
Identifying and checking the various anchoring points on the construction site.
Mapping all anchoring points with the GPS.
Last check of the automatic weather station.
The ICE-CLASS cargo ship Ivan Papanin in Cape Town harbor before BELARE 2006.
Loading the first shipment to Antarctica.
Everything must be secured before leaving Cape Town for Antarctica.
Ivan Papanin approaching Breid Bay.
Securing the ICE-CLASS cargo ship.
Unloading the Prinoth tractors.
Setting up the Prinoth tracks.
Containers ready to be transported.
The Hammar side loader is used to put containers on sledges.
Powerful Prinoth tractors.
Utsteinen campsite becomes a lot bigger.
There's even a dining room!
First windmill erected on Utsteinen ridge.
First tests are undertaken and first kilowatts of clean energy produced.
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