Japanese Antarctica stations
Coordinates: 69°00′S 39°35′E / 69.000°S 39.583°E Showa Station (昭和基地 Shōwa Kichi), also sometimes spelled Syowa, is a Japanese research station located on East Ongul Island in Antarctica. Built in 1957, the station is named for the era in the Japanese calendar during which it was established, the Showa period.
Showa Station serves as a research outpost for astronomy, meteorology, biology and earth sciences. It comprises over 60 separate buildings, large and small, including a 3-story administration building, living quarters, power plant, sewage treatment facility, environmental science building, observatory, data processing facility, satellite building, ionospheric station, incinerator, earth science building, and radiosonde station. Also present are fuel tanks, water storage, solar panels, a heliport, a water retention dam, and an enormous radio transmitter.
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