UK completes Antarctic Halley base relocation

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UK completes Antarctic Halley base relocation
All eight modules were towed across the ice shelf to the new location further from the sea

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has completed the move of its Halley research station.

The base is sited on the floating – and moving – Brunt Ice Shelf, and had to be relocated or face being dumped in the ocean.

Tractors were used to tow the futuristic-looking Halley’s eight modules 23km further “inland”.

Last month, BAS announced it would “mothball” the station for the duration of the coming Antarctic winter.

The decision was made after a new crack opened in the ice shelf.

This fissure is a long way (17km) from Halley’s new position but it has prompted some concern about the stability of the whole area.

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