The British Antarctic Survey, a component of the Natural Environment Research Council, has for almost 60 years, undertaken the majority of Britain's scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent....

The British Antarctic Survey, a component of the Natural Environment Research Council, has for almost 60 years, undertaken the majority of Britain’s scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent. The BAS have just announced six concept designs, from teams short-listed in an international design competition to build a new research station in Antarctica.

Selected from 86 entries around the world, the six teams have created designs displaying ingenious ways of building a station on a floating ice-shelf that must withstand winds of up to 80 knots and temperatures as low as -40°C. Concepts include space-station-like modular capsules, transportable pods on skis and a building that can "walk" giving the exhibition a futuristic feel. The new station must cause minimal environmental impact to Antarctica so teams have developed strategies for solar and wind power, water recycling and zero carbon-dioxide emissions.

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