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Major Changes Proposed in Antarctica

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Science  14 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5341, pp. 1222
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5341.1222b

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MELBOURNE-- Australia's Antarctic research program needs to be modernized by consolidating its three bases into a single research station and using planes instead of ships to ferry scientists and their equipment throughout the continent. That's the conclusion of a report by a committee asked to develop a 30-year plan for doing science in the region. The changes are aimed at preserving a strong research program and responding more quickly to rising commercial interests.