Juan Carlos I Antarctic Base

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Juan Carlos I Station
Base Antártica Española Juan Carlos I
The all-new facilities of Juan Carlos I Base in 2011.
The all-new facilities of Juan Carlos I Base in 2011.
Official seal of Juan Carlos I Station
Location of Juan Carlos I Station in Antarctica
Location of Juan Carlos I Station in Antarctica
Juan Carlos I Station
Location of Juan Carlos I Station in Antarctica
Coordinates: 62°39′47″S 60°23′17″W / 62.663138°S 60.387992°W / -62.663138; -60.387992Coordinates: 62°39′47″S 60°23′17″W / 62.663138°S 60.387992°W / -62.663138; -60.387992
Country Spain
Location in AntarcticaHurd Peninsula
Livingston Island
South Shetland Islands
Administered bySpanish National Research Council
Established1989 (1989)
Named forJuan Carlos I
12 m (39 ft)
 • Total
  • Up to 50
WebsiteConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

Juan Carlos I Antarctic Base, named after the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos I (Spanish: Base Antártica Española Juan Carlos Primero), is a seasonal (November to March) scientific station operated by Spain, opened in January 1988. Situated on Hurd Peninsula, Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica.

The base is controlled by the Marine Technology Unit of the Spanish National Research Council and is 20 miles away from the Spanish Antarctic base Gabriel de Castilla.

The base has undergone several renovations, the closest remodeling was completed in 2018 and it was inaugurated by the Science Minister, Pedro Duque, on February 2, 2019. This latest renovation involved the construction of "new facilities [that] have allowed it to double its capacity, up to 51 people, and increase the space available for scientific and technical personnel in laboratories."[1]


The base is located at 62°39′46″S 60°23′20″W / 62.66278°S 60.38889°W / -62.66278; -60.38889 which is on the coast of Española Cove, South Bay, in the northern foothills of Mount Reina Sofía, and 2.7 km south-southwest of the Bulgarian base St. Kliment Ohridski. The two bases are linked by a 5.5 km overland route via Johnsons Glacier, Charrúa Gap, Contell Glacier and Krum Rock.

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  • Isla Livingston: Península Hurd. Mapa topográfico de escala 1:25000. Madrid: Servicio Geográfico del Ejército, 1991. (Map reproduced on p. 16 of the linked work)
  • L .L. Ivanov et al. Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich Island, South Shetland Islands. Scale 1:100000 topographic map. Sofia: Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria, 2005.
  • L. L. Ivanov. Antarctica: Livingston Island and Greenwich, Robert, Snow and Smith Islands. Scale 1:120000 topographic map. Troyan: Manfred Wörner Foundation.
  • Antarctic Digital Database (ADD). Scale 1:250000 topographic map of Antarctica. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). Since 1993, regularly upgraded and updated.
  • L.L. Ivanov. Antarctica: Livingston Island and Smith Island. Scale 1:100000 topographic map. Manfred Wörner Foundation, 2017. ISBN 978-619-90008-3-0



  1. ^ "Pedro Duque inaugura la remodelación de una base en la Antártida". EFE futuro (in European Spanish). 2019-02-04. Retrieved 2019-02-04.

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