Saturday, November 3, 2007

Naval Base in Antartica Reactivated

Chile's navy is putting its abandoned base in Antartica back into operating service early next year. The move came in response to new claims by Britain for a vast stretch of territory on the frozen continent. The Arturo Prat base was shuttered five years ago. But the British claims (for land believed to have oil deposits and minerals) prompted Santiago to show the flag on its own Antartic claim. The base will be used for scientific research, just like in its earlier life. It has a landing strip long enough for C-130 Hercules.

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