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Title: Rock material management at McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Authors: Knuth, Margaret A.
Melendy, Terry D.
Keywords: Antarctica
Coarse-grained gravel
McMurdo Station
Rock crushing
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/CRREL ; TR-12-13
Abstract: To support the extensive science efforts at McMurdo Station, and a population of more than 1000 each austral summer, there is a large operational component. Locally sourced rock material is required for annual maintenance of the ice pier, general earthworks, and building construction. Collection and use of these rock materials is governed by programmatic and project specific environmental assessments; and currently, several locations around the Station are used for generating rock material, which is then collected by scraping or blasting. This report outlines historical use of rock material and provides recommendations on future efforts. In particular, over the long term, it is recommended that the US Antarctic Program employ alternative methods to annual material usage, establish a rock quarry at McMurdo to centralize material collection operations, and purchase a crusher to make better use of collected material.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CRREL TR-12-13
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited.
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