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Dumont d'Urville Station

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The Dumont d'Urville Station (French: Base Dumont d'Urville) is a French scientific station located in Antarctica on Île des Pétrels, archipel de Pointe Géologie (Template:Coor dm) in Adelie Land. It is named after explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville.

It is operated by the "French Polar Institute Paul-Émile Victor", a joint operation of French public and para-public agencies.

It was opened on January 12, 1956 to replace Port Martin station, which located 62 km further East and was destroyed by fire the night of January 21, 1952, without injury to anyone.

The station allows only 30-40 people to come ashore at one time. Ice and strong katabatic winds often prevent landings, either by Zodiac or by helicopter. The station can accommodate about 30 winter-overs and 120 during the summer.

The icebreaker ship l'Astrolabe carries supplies and personnel to the station from the port of Hobart, Tasmania. It does 5 round-trips between November and March.

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