reply to post by JrDavis
Wait, are you suggesting that the entire reason for the presence of the station there, is to have a camera there? Are you really suggesting that you
believe that the millions of Euros it costs for the station to be there, is just so that they can have a pretty live feed from the middle of a frozen
What utter bloody rot! The station has experiments and research projects running from it, including an observatory, meteorology, geophysics,
atmospheric chemistry and more recently infrasound and marine acoustics projects. The location makes the station ideal for all of these things.
The observatory benifits from some of the clearest skies one can imagine, with reduced thermal interferance, that is when there is no massive ice
storm happening. Its ideal also for meteorology research, because the weather patterns over the poles are drivers for the weather everywhere else on
Earth, so having a research station on hand to witness such a key part of the hydrological cycle in action is a pretty bloody good start point.
In terms of geophysics, the area is a goldmine, because there is not just ice there, but land also, and therefore there is not only an awful lot to
learn from a geophysical survey of the location, but the place is ideal for testing and developing more versatile geophys equipment and
In terms of thier atmospheric chemistry research, because the area itself is responsible for next to bugger all emissions in and of itself, its a
great place to measure the amount of various chemicals in the atmosphere, without the chance of local industry and constant motor vehicle use skewing
the results of any experiment or measurement that is taken.
And regarding the infrasound and marine acoustics research, can you imagine a better location to perform those in, than one where the only ambient
noise is the occasional crack of ice, and the howl of the wind?
That is what costs the millions of Euros. The camera is not costing a whole hell of a lot, and really serves very little purpose indeed, other than
to allow people to observe the outer skin of the research station, and observe the suns progress around the place. It is not an important feature of
the work being done there! Its like the silly bloody virtual tours you can get at museums. Its funky, and a bit gimmicky, but its the archives
downstairs where the proffessors work that are the real goldmines of information. In the same way, the fact that there is a camera there is a bit of a
red herring, but the really interesting work is going on inside, using measuring equipment bolted onto the outer hull of the station, and scattered
around the locality.
Before going off on a tangent, you might wish to do some research of your own, lest you appear thoroughly under informed!