Being the first Dutchman at the South Pole and Vostok (1989-1990; 1998)

By Günther P. Können
KNMI, retired

During my KNMI-career I have spend three times a 3-months period on the Antarctic plateau. The purpose of my stays was to investigate the relation between the light distribution and polarization of atmospheric halos on the one hand, and the geometric properties of the halo-making ice crystals on the other hand. The journey went twice to the US Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station (1989 and 1998); in between I had the 3-month stay at the Russian station Vostok (1990). These two stations were the only permanent bases in the Antarctic interior. They are established on special locations: Amundsen-Scott is exactly on the geographical South Pole (90 degrees South); Vostok is near the so-called Pole of Inaccessibility. Apart from scientific results, the stays in these isolated stations yielded some remarkable experiences, which I also will share with the audience.
Willem Barentsz Poolinstituut

Bundeling van kennis, onderzoek en onderwijs over de Noord- en de Zuidpool

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