First-hand experience from the 3rd Belgian-Dutch Antarctic Expedition (1966)

By Arend J.Meerburg

From 1958 to 1960, Belgium organized three yearlong expeditions in Queen Maudland (South of South Africa) using the new King Boudewijn Base. From 1964 to 1966, The Netherlands joined Belgium. A new base was built near the old Belgian one. Belgium provided the logistics and The Netherlands provided one third of the costs and participants.
The base formed a standard meteorological station, including the daily use of weather balloons. In addition, atmospheric ozone was measured on the surface as well as in the stratosphere. Standard equipment measured activities in the Ionosphere. In a separate building magnetic measurements were done. In autumn and spring geological and topographic surveys were made in the SØr Rondane, mountains nearly 200 km away. In the course of time special research projects were done in the field of glaciology, atmospheric electricity etc. Pinquins were caught for the Antwerp Zoo.
The author will show pictures of the expeditions and discuss some of the issues presenting themselves when a group of rather different persons have to live together during more than a year with no possibilities to leave.
Willem Barentsz Poolinstituut

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

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