Station and Vessel Maps
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USAP Station Maps

To achieve the USAP science goals, NSF operates three U.S. scientific stations and two research vessels year-round on the continent.

Map of USAP Research Stations Link to PDF file
Map of USAP Transportation Routes Link to PDF file

  • McMurdo Station
    Located on the Ross Sea, Antarctica's largest station serves as a "gateway" to Antarctica for U.S. scientific field teams as well as the hub for most of the U.S. scientific activity.

    McMurdo Station Map Link to PDF file
    McMurdo Crary Lab Floor Plans

  • Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
    Located 841 statute miles inland from McMurdo, at the geographic South Pole, this station accommodates a maximum of 250 people during the austral summer.

    South Pole Station Map Link to PDF file

  • Palmer Station
    Located on Anvers Island in the Antarctic Peninsula region, and logistically isolated from the other stations, Palmer Station relies mainly on the RSV Laurence M. Gould for transport of passengers and resupply from a port at the southern tip of South America.

    Palmer Station Map Link to PDF file

USAP Vessel Drawings and Specifications
  • RV/IB Nathaniel B. Palmer (NBP)
    The Palmer, completed in 1992, is 308 feet long and is ice-classed ABS-A2, capable of breaking three feet of level ice at three knots.

    NBP Drawings and Specifications

  • ARSV Laurence M. Gould (LMG)
    The Gould, completed in 1998, is 230 feet long and is ice-classed ABS-A1, capable of breaking one foot of level ice with continuous forward motion.

    LMG Drawings and Specifications

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Curator: Esther L. Hill PhD, Antarctic Support Contract   |   NSF Official: Alexandra Isern, Office of Polar Programs