Komsomolskaya (Antarctic research station)

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Komsomolskaya Station
Location of Komsomolskaya Station in Antarctica
Location of Komsomolskaya Station in Antarctica
Komsomolskaya Station
Location of Komsomolskaya Station in Antarctica
Coordinates: 74°06′S 94°30′E / 74.1°S 94.5°E / -74.1; 94.5Coordinates: 74°06′S 94°30′E / 74.1°S 94.5°E / -74.1; 94.5
Country Soviet Union
Location in AntarcticaQueen Mary Land
Administered byArctic and Antarctic Research Institute
Established1957 (1957)
Evacuated1962 (1962)
3,500 m (11,500 ft)
TypeAll-year round
WebsiteOfficial website

Komsomolskaya was a Soviet Antarctic inland research station founded in 1957 in Queen Mary Land,[1] in eastern Antarctica. It was a year-round station till 1959, then used as a seasonal outpost till 1962 when it was shut down permanently. Nonetheless it is still used as a fuel storage stop for supply caravans en route from Mirny Station to Vostok Station.[2]

The station was located 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) above sea level, and 760 kilometres (470 mi) inland from Mirny Station.[citation needed]

Estonian writer Juhan Smuul spent a week in Komsomolskaya in 1958 and described the life and working there in his book Antarctica Ahoy!: The Ice Book, originally published in 1960 as Jäine raamat.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Soviet Antarctic expedition". Elsevier. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ "The Unesco Courier, Volume 15". UNESCO. 1962. p. vi.