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Lit′tle Amer′ica(n.)

  1. a base in the Antarctic, on the Bay of Whales, S of the Ross Sea: established by Adm. Richard E. Byrd in 1929.

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    Little America was a series of Antarctic exploration bases, located on the Ross Ice Shelf, south of the Bay of Whales. The first base in the series was established in January 1929 by Richard Byrd, and was abandoned in 1930. This was where the film With Byrd at the South Pole was filmed, about Byrd's trip to the South Pole. Little America II was established in 1934, some 30 feet above the site of the original base, with some of the original base accessed via tunnel. This base was briefly set adrift in 1934, but the iceberg fused to the main glacier. Little America III was established 6 miles to the north, for the 1940–1941 season, and Little America IV was established in 1946–1947. Little America V was established at Kainan Bay, some 30 miles to the east on January 3, 1956, as part of Operation Deep Freeze. Little America V served as the American base in the South Polar program in the International Geophysical Year. Little America V was constructed by US Navy Seabees in the three month window before the Antarctic winter makes construction next to impossible. All of Little American V was constructed below the snow line in the ice, with individual living quarters, generator room, cafeteria, and with ramps leading out at one end for tracked vehicles. This type of construction meant that none of those staying in Little America V had to go out of door in the harsh winter when going from one section to another or the Antarctic town.

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