Base General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme
, also Base Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme, or shortly Bernardo O'Higgins, named after Bernardo O'Higgins
is a permanently staffed Chilean
base in Antarctica
. It is located at , at an elevation
of 13 m, about 30 km southwest of Prime Head
, the northernmost point of the Antarctic Peninsula
. It was established on February 18, 1948 and is one of the Antarctic bases with the longest times of continuous operation. The winter population is 16, and the peak population in the Antarctic summer is usually 44, although up to 60 persons can be accommodated. The base is operated by the Chilean Army. It is also known as Puerto Covadonga
after the port
on which it is located .
The German Antarctic Receiving Station (GARS) was established at O'Higgins in 1991
by the DLR
. It is a satellite
ground station sited in Antarctica to enable reception of data from satellite-based sensors within the south polar region that might otherwise be lost. High bandwidth
sensors such as SAR
generate too much data to be stored on board the satellite for transmission to ground stations elsewhere. GARS was sited at O'Higgins because of the geology
of the base.
- Gecko2 Electric Boogaloo
- , a personal website about life at GARS O'Higgins.