Palmer Station Arrival!
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During the night, we traveled south and arrived on the Antarctica Peninsula. Our port call is at Palmer Station. Our boat, the LMG, is on the right in the picture above. In this picture you can see the station and the glacier behind it.
Palmer Station is a United States research station in Antarctica located on Anvers Island, the only US station located north of the Antarctic Circle. Initial construction of the station finished in 1968. The station, like the other U.S. Antarctic stations, is operated by the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) of the National Science Foundation. The base is about as distant from the equator as Fairbanks, Alaska and is named for Nathaniel B. Palmer, usually recognized as the first American to see Antarctica. The maximum population that Palmer Station can accommodate is 46 people, so we will continue to stay on the LMG (Lawrence M. Gould) while we are here. Our ship is a cargo ship for Palmer so we will be unloading supplies for the station. Several of our passengers will be getting off here as their research is located at the station and the LMG is used for transportation to and from Palmer. We will be coming back here at the end of our cruise to pick up passengers to go back to Punta Arenas.