Leningradskaya station is built on
a rocky outcrop called Leningradsky nunatak, a nunatak being
a rock that protrudes above the surrounding ice like an
island in an ocean.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, from it's
location here, the station is subject to persistent and
frequent storms that it takes the full brunt of with nothing
to shelter it.
Despite being in such a vast open region,
there is only about 200-250m x 50m width of space on top of
the nunatak for living space, personnel, all supplies and
building materials had to be delivered by helicopter. The
top of the nunatak is 304m above sea level and 100-230m
above the surrounding glaciers.
Google Map here
Picture courtesy of Mike Usher
- Mike went on a Ross Sea expedition on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov
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