Arriving at Palmer

The Gould arrived at Palmer Station, on the Western Antarctic Peninsula, last Friday and Dena Seidel sent these photos over the weekend.  She writes, “Here is a photo of us arriving at Palmer station, a small science outpost filled with amazing scientists and impressive science labs. Only 30 some people live here year round but the work they are doing is very important from phytoplankton research to the biochemistry of melting glacial ice”

Arriving at Palmer Station, January 2013.


A view of the water and ice looking toward a nearby island. January 2013.

The Laurence M Gould Research Vessel docked at Palmer Station, Antarctica, January 2013

What is Palmer Station?

Palmer Station in Antarctica is the first destination for the AQ Team.  But what exactly is Palmer Station, and more importantly, where is Palmer Station?  Let’s start with what it is. Palmer Station was established in 1968 and is one of three U.S. Antarctic stations governed by the Antarctic Treaty.   Since 1990, Palmer Station has also served as a Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site located in a Western Antarctic Peninsula marine biome. In other words, it is a place where scientist gather to collect data and make observations on Antarctic and Southern Ocean Marine Ecology.  As for where it is located, see if you can find it on the map below and then see the next Blog post.

Map of Antarctica. Palmer Station is located on the Western Antarctic Peninsula.

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