Countries Rush for Upper Hand in Antarctica (136 images)

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On a glacier-filled island with fjords and elephant seals, Russia has built Antarctica’s first Orthodox church on a hill overlooking its research base, transporting the logs all the way from Siberia. Less than an hour away by snowmobile, Chinese laborers have updated the Great Wall Station, a linchpin in China’s plan to operate five bases on Antarctica. Not to be outdone, India’s futuristic new Bharathi base, built on stilts using 134 interlocking shipping containers,...
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