Antarctic Circle: Living with Russian scientists at the edge of the world

In Calvert Journal, a journal about “the new east” ABCC cowriter Carol Devine tells of learning Russian in a strange way and glimpses into Russian and Soviet Antarctic history tasted during the cleanup expedition at Bellingshausen station with Wendy Trusler. With images by Wendy, Carol and Sandy Nicholson and a few bonus ones from other Russian Antarctic activities in Antarctica.

from The Calvert Journal, image Sandy Nicholson

“The next time I practiced my memorised phrases it was five years later in a place that felt like the moon.

“Where did you learn Russian?” Sergey, the Russian base commander, asked.”

The most famous (and best named) of the six defunct Russian bases is the Pole of Inaccessibility: Polyus nedostupnosti, the place on the continent furthest from any ocean. Short-lived as a base due to its harsh location, a small team did meteorological observations there for 12 days in December 1958

Hospital at Bellingshausen Russian station, Antarctica 1995

Vostok Station Antarctica, National Science Foundation/Josh Landis

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