Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
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in the framework of the SCAR Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information (SCAGI)
Charlie, Dome (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)
Dome Charlie (The name as it would appear on a map)
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Feature type: Dome (12)
This name originates from United States of America. It is part of the United States Gazetteer and the SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.
Names that other countries have for this feature:
An ice dome rising to more than 3,200 m in the featureless snow plateau of Wilkes Land, East Antarctica. Called "Dome C," the feature was the site of ice core drilling by field teams of several nations in the 1970's. Simultaneously, it was called Dome Charlie (communications code word for letter C) by U.S. Naval Support Force, Antarctica, and its Squadron VXE-6, which provided logistical support to the field teams and, in Jan. and Nov. 1975, suffered severe damage to three LC-130 Hercules aircraft during attempted takeoffs from the surface of this feature. (In Nov. 1975 and Nov. 1976, the U.S. Navy established field camps on Dome Charlie to recover the aircraft. Following major structural repairs and replacement of engines in the field, the three LC-130's were flown to McMurdo Station on Dec. 26, 1975, Jan. 14, 1976, and Dec. 25, 1976.) In deciding the name, the US-ACAN considered Dome Charlie to be superior to the informal name, "Dome C," and that it has precedence over "Dome Circe," a name suggested from Greek mythology by members of the SPRI airborne radio echo sounding team in 1982.
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