Dean Lewins: The Deep South - ‘Mac Town’ - U.S.A.P, Antarctica.
© 2012 Dean Lewins/AAP Image
McMurdo Station is a U.S. Antarctic research center located on the southern tip of Ross Island in Antarctica. It is operated by the United States through the United States Antarctic Program (U.S.A.P).
The station is the largest community in Antarctica, capable of supporting up to 1,258 residents. In comparison the Australian Antarctic Programs three stations Mawson, Casey and Davis support up to 330 residents combined.
McMurdo is referred to as ‘Mac Town’ by its residents and boasts a fire department, hospital, post office, three bars and a coffee shop and Antarctica’s only automatic teller machine (ATM).
The residents of McMurdo come from all walks of life in the U.S. from the scientists directly involved with the U.S.A.P to the hundreds of support staff from across middle America, employed as truck drivers, kitchen hands, bar staff, cleaners, firefighters, nurses and postal officers being among some of the many jobs available at McMurdo
In 1962 a nuclear power reactor was activated by the U.S Army Nuclear Power Program, it was decommissioned in 1972.
Recently there has been criticism leveled at the base regarding its construction projects, particularly the McMurdo-(Amundsen-Scott) South Pole highway.
McMurdo has attempted to improve environmental management and waste removal over the past decade in order to adhere to the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, which was signed Oct. 4, 1991 and entered into force Jan. 14, 1998. This agreement prevents development and provides for the protection of the Antarctic environment through five specific annexes on marine pollution, fauna, and flora, environmental impact assessments, waste management, and protected areas. It prohibits all activities relating to mineral resources except scientific.
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