From the Archive: BP Jet A-1 Fuel, Mawson Station

Fuel drums, Mawson Station, Antarctic. © www.thomaspickard.com

Fuel drums, Mawson Station, Antarctic. © www.thomaspickard.com

One of the first things you notice when you arrive on an Antarctic station, is everything to support life at that station is on show. Stations have an industrial feel. They are built to withstand the harshest of environments and beautification isn’t really an essential requirement. If you want to see beauty, you simply look out the window at the polar landscape.

Jet A-1 fuel is aviation fuel. Fuel dumps or caches tend to be strategically located to ensure helicopters have enough fuel for longer trips along the coast or into the interior. Fuel caches once built - think a large grouping of these drums - need to be securely lashed to something, to prevent them from blowing all over the landscape.