International Geophysical Year, 1957-1958: Drifting Station Alpha Documentary FilmEntry ID: G02184
Abstract: This film documents the activities that occurred on Drifting Station Alpha in the Arctic Ocean during the International Geophysical Year, 1957 to 1958. The film is narrated by project leader, Norbert Untersteiner, and chronicles the life of the team as they built their camp and set up experiments. Station Alpha was the first long-term scientific base on arctic pack ice operated by a Western ... country. At the time of its establishment, Russia had already operated six drifting ice camps of this kind. However, due to the strategic importance and sensitivity of the Arctic Basin, little information from these early stations had reached the West. The documentary was filmed and produced by Frans van der Hoeven (Senior Scientist at Station Alpha) and Norbert Untersteiner (Scientific Leader of Station Alpha). Station Alpha drifted in an area of the Arctic ocean located 500 km north of Barrow, Alaska USA from April 1957 to November 1958; the film covers this entire time period. Digitized copies of the film are available on DVD.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Untersteiner, N. and F. G. van der Hoeven.
Dataset Title: International Geophysical Year, 1957-1958: Drifting Station Alpha Documentary Film
Dataset Release Date: 2009-07-31
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5MK69TWOnline Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/g02184.html
Start Date: 1957-04-01Stop Date: 1958-11-30
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Distribution Media: DVD
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Delft Univerisyt of Technology Department of Geophysics
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Salter, J. E. 1968. Arctic Drifting Stations, Arctic Institute of North America, Washington, D.C.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-07-31
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-07-29