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Located on Anvers Island near the Antarctic Peninsula, Palmer Station (64° 46’S, 64° 03’W) is named for Nathaniel B. The first building at the new station, the biology laboratory, opened its doors to science in 1970. Antarctic stations, Palmer is the only one that is accessed routinely during the winter. The station frequently experiences high winds, sometimes reaching 70 knots or more.
Palmer, who in 1820 on a sealing expedition in his 47-foot (14-meter) ship the became the first American to record sighting Antarctica. Today, two main buildings and several smaller structures make up Palmer Station and provide housing and research facilities for scientists and support personnel. With ice cliffs rising above Arthur Harbor and the station, the Marr Ice Piedmont covers Anvers Island. Average annual precipitation is 13 feet (4 meters) of snow and 30 in (76 cm) of rain.
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Onsite instruments measure seismic activity, atmospheric characteristics, and very-low-frequency (VLF) radio waves.
An Adélie breeding pair will often take turns caring for chicks while the other takes to the sea to feed on krill.The Palmer Station Webcam The Palmer Station Webcam is mounted on a tower overlooking the smallest of the United States Antarctic stations, as well as Arthur Harbour and the Bismarck Strait beyond.