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Utsteinen, Antarctica, February 14, 2009--While the newly-created Princess Elisabeth research station, above, is by no means the first installed in Antarctica, the International Polar Foundation does call it the first "green" station.

The Princess Elisabeth boasts a zero-emission footprint, thanks to a passive heating system and very thorough insulation.

Among the station's missions will be the measuring of the Antarctic ice sheet's mass, a surveying of the microorganisms in the area, and geological research.

It's also the only Antarctic station built entirely during the International Polar Year.

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—Photograph by R. Robert/International Polar Foundation via AP
 
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