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The Point Thomas and the Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station - is a research station on King George Island, off the coast of Antarctica.
Picture taken at the XVIIth Polish Antarctic Expedition, Admiralty Bay.
Named for Henryk Arctowski (1871-1958), who as meteorologist had accompanied the Belgian explorer Baron Adrien de Gerlache on the "Belgica" expedition, 1897-1899. This was the first expedition to overwinter in Antarctica. He proposed the original notion of a wind chill factor, arguing that wind could be as damaging to human flesh as cold in harsh climates.
The station was established on 26 February 1977. It is managed by the Polish Academy of Sciences, and its main research areas include marine biology, oceanography, geology, geomorphology, glaciology, meteorology, climatology, seismology, magnetism and ecology. Because it is readily accessible, and the Polish staffers are friendly, it is one of the most-visited scientific stations in Antarctica. A greenhouse provides fresh vegetables. The beaches near the station have numerous whale bones, relics of the time when the site was used to process whales killed nearby. The station is near colonies of three different types of pygoscelic penguins (Adelies, Chinstraps, and Gentoos), and has been designated a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) as provided by the Antarctic Treaty.
PL - Polska Stacja Antarktyczna im. Henryka Arctowskiego na przylądku Point Thomas – całoroczna stacja naukowo-badawcza położona nad Zatoką Admiralicji na Wyspie Króla Jerzego w archipelagu Szetlandów Południowych, uruchomiona 26 lutego 1977. Została nazwana na cześć Henryka Arctowskiego, badacza Antarktyki.

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