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These Stations Aren't Stationary

Research stations have been located in the Arctic since the late 19th century. The first drifting station was established on ice near the North Pole in 1937.

Stations on the ice cap are constantly moving with the ice, and now that drift patterns are known, it is possible to set a course for the station by "planting" it is the right starting position.

But moving ice is dangerous ice - with nothing under it but icy water - up to 3 miles / 5 km deep! Because of the possibility of "leads" (cracks in the pack ice) opening up without warning, some research stations have actually been ships frozen in the ice.

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