Kohnen Station

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Kohnen Station
Antarctic base
Kohnen Station
Kohnen Station
Location of Kohnen Station in Antarctica
Location of Kohnen Station in Antarctica
Kohnen Station
Location of Kohnen Station in Antarctica
Coordinates: 75°00′07″S 0°04′00″E / 75.001882°S 0.066792°E / -75.001882; 0.066792Coordinates: 75°00′07″S 0°04′00″E / 75.001882°S 0.066792°E / -75.001882; 0.066792
Country  Germany
Location in Antarctica Dronning Maud Land
Administered by Alfred Wegener Institute
Established 11 January 2011 (2011-01-11)
Elevation 2,892 m (9,488 ft)
 • Total
  • Up to 20
Type Seasonal
Period Summer
Status Operational
Website Kohnen Station AWI

Kohnen-Station is a German summer-only polar research station in the Antarctic, able to accommodate up to 20 people. It is named after the geophysicist Heinz Kohnen (1938–1997), who was for a long time the head of logistics at the Alfred Wegener Institute.

The station opened on January 11, 2001, in Dronning Maud Land. The station is located at 75°00'S, 00°04'E, and 2892 m above sea level. It is located 757 km southeast of Neumayer-Station III, which lies on the Ekstrom Ice Shelf and provides logistics and administration for Kohnen-Station. Like the United Kingdom's Halley V station, the base is built on steel legs allowing the station to be jacked up as the height of the snow surface increases.

The station contains a radio room, a mess room, a kitchen, bathrooms, two bedrooms, a snow melter, a store, a workshop, and a power plant (100 kW). It is supplied by a convoy of 6 towing vehicles, which carry up to 20 tons each, and 17 sledges. The base is resupplied twice each year, with up to 6 sledge trains at a time. This traverse takes 9–14 days.[1]

Kohnen station is the logistic base for the ice coring project in Dronning Maud Land, the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA). A core was also drilled at Kohnen station.[2]

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  1. ^ "Drilling into the past - The Kohnen Station in the Antarctic". Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Thomas Stocker. "European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA)". European Science Foundation. Archived from the original on 2012-06-12. 

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