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Proposed Sites

Note: At the 2012 TAM Camp Workshop, Shackleton Glacier Camp was selected.

To begin the process of selecting the next logistics hub, a planning workshop was held in October 2011 by an interdisciplinary Steering Committee of Antarctic researchers to identify a short list of potential deep field camp locations in the Transantarctic Mountains that can serve as a logistics hub for scientific projects ranging from geologic to atmospheric sciences. The meeting resulted in selection of four deep field camp sites with potential to address the most pressing and diverse scientific questions. Three of the four have been used before as logistics hubs. The fourth, the Scott Glacier site, has only been occupied by a small field party.

More detailed maps & satellite imagery for the region can be accessed here.  Please note that all coordinates listed below are estimates; precise locations are to be determined.

Darwin Glacier Camp

Latitude: 79.79° S
Longitude: 157.81° E

The Darwin Glacier site was last used as a helicopter camp by the U.S. program in 1978-79. The region has been a focus of study more recently by the New Zealand Antarctic program. The site is located near Roadend Nunatak.

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Nimrod Glacier Camp

Latitude: 83.12° S
Longitude: 159.63° E

The Moody Nunatak site is located on the Marsh Glacier, a tributary of the Nimrod Glacier.  It has been utlized as a helicopter camp three times in the past 15 years, most recently in 2003-04.  This region has the oldest exposed bedrock of the central-southern Transantarctic Mountains and some areas have been mapped in greater detail (see maps and publications).

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Scott Glacier Camp

Latitude: 86.60° S
Longitude: 144.75° W

The Scott Glacier site is located on the Robison Glacier, a tributary of the Scott Glacier, upstream of Mount Mooney.  A previous assessment region as a potential deep field camp by Elliot et al. (1998) can be viewed here.

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Shackleton Glacier Camp

Latitude: 85.08° S
Longitude: 175.38° W

A field camp at the confluence of the Shackleton and MacGregor Glaciers has been occupied at least three times.  Research opportunities from this location were considered during the 2006 workshop and, at the time, the highest priority research topics that could be addressed from this site were thought to be Paleoenvironments, Landscape and Glacial History, and Ecosystems. Adjacent bedcrock outcrops are of the Beacon Supergroup, which have produced important fossil records.   Small lakes and ponds are known from the base of Mount Heekin.

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