logistics arch


Much of the food and fuel we burn here at South Pole is stored in “the arches”. These are essentially big arched steel structures, which are now buried under the snow next to the elevated station. There are four arches; the logistics arch (above), the fuel arch (below), the VMF arch (which is mostly filled by the building we had the Independence day party in) and the power plant arch. The arches aren’t heated, but they are all accessible without going outside, by way of “the beercan”.

Lately, we burn something like 1,100 gallons of fuel per day here in the winter. From memory there are forty-five 10,000 gallon tanks in the fuel arch, arranged into “pods” of five tanks each.

fuel arch framegrab

Framegrab from a short video I took to illustrate the flickering lights – they give the fuel arch a really neat industrial feel.

fuel arch


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Nerdy guy.
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