The Czech Research Station in Antarctica
Near the northernmost foreland of the Antarctic Peninsula, on James Ross Island, Masaryk University has built a base for Antarctic research of the Faculty of Science MU and many other Czech and foreign academic institutions.
The project "Construction of the Czech Scientific Station in Antarctica" came into being in 1999 at the Department of Geography FS MU. The station named after the famous Czech geneticist, Johann Gregor Mendel, was constructed between 2005 and 2006.
The aim of the project was to establish a research and technologically-logistical basis for the implementation of Czech scientific programmes. By building the station, Czech Republic joined the advanced countries participating in the research of the icy continent.
What does the polar station look like?
The station consists of the main building and 9 technical containers. The whole complex is situated on a coastal terrace at the altitude of 8 meters above sea level at the distance of 100 meters from the coast.
The main building is made of insulated oriented strand board panels and provides accommodation, technical and research facilities for 15 staff members. It is divided into several parts: entrance hall, drying cabinet for wet shoes, boots and clothes, medical and technical supplies storage, 2 laboratories, 11 bedrooms for 1–2 people each, kitchen, dining room, operating rooms with workshop and sanitary facilities. Another part of the station are the technical containers in the near vicinity of the main building.