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>I was at the South Pole for most of last winter season (austral summer).
>As of last year the greenhouse there was not completed (it is quite
>small BTW),but at the coastal station, McMurdo, there is a completed
>greenhouse where they grow tomatoes and lettuce.  Walking into this lush,
>green, very brighly illuminated space always cheered me up.  At the South
>Pole green plants were the thing I missed the most (besides my girlfriend)
>and I think the completion of the greenhouse will greatly improve the
>South Pole staion.


        I am rather suprised at this statement.  Under the Madrid Protocol
NO alien plants or animals are allowed in the Antarctic.  In fact the plants
that were at Australia's bases (for psycological reasons) have been removed,
and just this week 40-odd huskies were removed from Mawson.
        Mind you Britain has reneged on it's commitment to removing it's
dogs, and enforcement in Antarctica is a problem; so perhaps the US has also
decided to ignore the Protocol.

        Adrian Lewis


             ^^^^^ Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies



Wed, 03 May 1995 13:21:35 GMT
 Biosphere III?

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Hassall Lewis) writes:

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|>   I am rather suprised at this statement.  Under the Madrid Protocol
|> NO alien plants or animals are allowed in the Antarctic.  <<rest deleted>>

<<nitpick here>>

Shouldn't this read "NO alien plants or animals  except for homo sapiens" ?
(I'm suggesting that we qualify as animals, not as plants, despite
all those couch potatoes).

Bruce Nordman



Sat, 06 May 1995 06:27:11 GMT
 
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