SANAE, Antarctica (SNAE)


SANAE IV base



Specifications:


Geographic latitude 71° 40' S
Geographic longitude 02° 51' W
Altitude 856 m asl
Effective vertical cutoff rigidity 0.73 GV
In operation since 1964

Detailed station information SNAE:

Detector Standard 6-NM64 neutron monitor
Mar 1964 - Dec 1991
Jan 1992 - Dec 1994
Apr 1997 - Dec 2003
Jan 2004 - Oct 2015
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
Jul 2018 - present

Detailed station information SANB:

Detector 4NMD neutron monitor
May 1971 - Dec 1991
Jan 1992 - Dec 1994
Apr 1997 - Dec 2003
Jan 2004 - Oct 2015
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
Jul 2018 - present

Contact person: Dutoit.Strauss@nwu.ac.za

The first SANAE base was occupied in December 1959. Since then there have been SANAE II and SANAE III bases. The fourth South African research base in Antarctica, SANAE IV, was built on top of a rocky outcrop, at Vesleskarvet. This base is approximately 80 km from the edge of the continent and 170 km from the edge of the ice shelf.

The research programme at SANAE (South African National Antarctic Expedition) is part of the government’s Antarctic Programme, SANAP (South African National Antarctic Programme).