Human occupation, impacts and environmental management of Bunger Hills

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Abstract

The types and distributions of anthropogenic rubbish have been documented at Bunger Hills, East Antarctica. The area has been the site of scientific research stations from 1958 to the present. Rubbish types include deliberately or negligently discarded items (gas cylinders, broken glass), abandoned unserviceable equipment (boats, vehicles, scientific equipment), spills (chemicals, fuel, oil) and the slow collapse of old buildings. Some rubbish remained where it was left, while other material was redistributed by strong winds. Modern expeditioner training should limit the production of new rubbish, while inadvertent wind dispersal of rubbish from old station buildings could be minimized by better management of these structures and their surrounds. Buildings and other constructed items need ongoing maintenance if they are not to break down and be distributed by wind, or they should be removed within a reasonable period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-84
Number of pages13
JournalAntarctic Science
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

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Keywords

  • anthropogenic impacts
  • litter
  • rubbish
  • wind dispersal

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