BGR charters ships, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft (Twin Otter, Hercules) to provide the logistic support for the geoscientific work on the Antarctic continent. BGR supplies the polar equipment for the fieldwork including skidoos, sledges, living and working tents, as well as communication equipment. Aerogeophysical survey systems are supplied, alongside with a large amount of essential small equipment and gear for running the expeditions.
BGR runs two land stations in North Victoria Land. During GANOVEX I, a bivouac hut was erected close to the Lillie Glacier in January 1980, the Lillie-Marleen-Hut. This hut was recognised by the XXVIII. Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) 2005 in Stockholm as the first German "Antarctic Historic Site and Monument".
The Gondwana-Station at Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea was installed during GANOVEX III (1983). The initial setup was a bivouac hut as the Lillie-Marleen-Hut. It was converted into a summer station during GANOVEX V (1988/89). The main building consists of containers and includes repair, staff and working rooms, a kitchen, sanitary facilities, a generator station and a seawater treatment plant. The station has a small biological wastewater treatment plant. BGR makes the Gondwana Station available to other working groups upon request.
|Lillie Marleen Hut |
|71°12'S, 164°31'E||GANOVEX I-IV, VI-VIII|
|Gondwana Station |
Jan. 1983, extension 1988/89
|74°38'S, 164°13'E||GANOVEX III-VII, IX, X GITARA|