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Buildings by the ocean with mountains in the distance.
Date Taken:
May 9, 2015
Photograph By:
Julian Race, NSF

Palmer Station is located at 64 degrees, 46' S, 64 degrees, 03' W, on a protected harbor on the southwestern coast of Anvers Island off the Antarctica Peninsula. It is the only U.S. Antarctic station north of the Antarctic Circle. Palmer is superbly located for biological studies of birds, seals, and other components of the marine ecosystem. It is accessible only by ship.Palmer Station is named for Nathaniel B. Palmer, a Connecticut sealer who, on 17 November 1820, during an exploratory voyage ranging southward from the South Shetland Islands, may have been the first person to see Antarctica.

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