Leningradskaya Station: Disused Soviet Research Facility

(Image courtesy of Mike Usher – (c) mikeusherphotography.com)

Leningradskaya Station was a Soviet Antarctic research facility on the north shore of Victoria Land.  Not included in our recent article, 8 Abandoned Settlements of Antarctica, but certainly deserving of a mention, Leningradskaya is one of three mothballed Russian research stations that could soon be reactivated.

(Images courtesy of Mike Usher – (c) mikeusherphotography.com)

Overlooking Oates Coast, the station was opened on February 25, 1971 by the members of the 15th Soviet Antarctic Expedition, but closed in 1991 after two decades of meteorology, Earth magnetism, oceanology and glaciology studies.

In 2006, Valeriy Lukin, head of the Russian Antarctic Expedition, said: “There are plans to open the mothballed stations Molodyozhnaya, Leningradskaya and Russkaya in the 2007-2008 season. This will bring great benefits because these stations are located in the Pacific sector of Antarctica, which is poorly covered by scientific studies.”  Find out more about Leningradskaya at Richard Nelsson’s excellent blog Those Who Dared.

Keep reading – explore 5 Isolated Settlements at the Ends of the Earth.