British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Station
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Research station at Rothera is the principal BAS logistics centre for support of Antarctic field science. It is located at Rothera Point, Adelaide Island Latitude, Antarctica - Coordinates: 67° 34’ S, 68 ° 08’ W. Adelaide Island lies approximately 1860km south of the Falkland Islands and 1630km south east of Punta Arenas in Chile. The island is 140km long and heavily glaciated with mountains of up to 2565m height. The station is built on a promontory of rock at the southern extremity of the Wormald Ice Piedmont.
It has been occupied since 25th October 1975 to present. There is a 900m long crushed rock runway allowing an air link with South America and the Falkland Islands, the Biscoe Wharf provides safe mooring for ships.
Rothera is the main Antarctic base for the BAS twin-otter aircraft. Radiosondes were also launched from here for the OFCAP (Orographic Flows and the Climate of the Antarctic Peninsula) project.
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