Neumayer Station III's Survival Strategy
It then finally emerges in a haze in the snowpocalypse: Neumayer Station III. The pride of the German drive for research. When the weather is good, it reminds me of a ship that has several stilts in place of a hull.
The stilts are part of the station’s survival strategy: to prevent Neumayer III from getting snowed in and sinking in the snow, it keeps climbing on new snow with its hydraulic stilts, so it’s always on top. The blue, white and orange colour scheme is typical of German research vessels. In some ways, the station could actually be compared with a ship. It floats on the perpetual ice and travels around 157 m a year.
Of its 4,864 m2 floor space, 2,000 m2 is heated and fitted with mod cons, including a gym, swimming pool, ping pong table, table football, yoga facilities and a canteen serving dishes such as Zurich-style veal with a creamy mushroom sauce. And there are even showers with hot water! Amazing! Let’s get going. I can’t wait to be back! I play “Sweet Home Alabama” on my phone, drum my thumbs to the beat on the steering wheel and put the pedal to the metal
The snow around each of the stilt legs holding up the research station is dug out. The legs are then retracted one by one and supported with new snow.