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French flag Port aux Francais Station / Kerguelen Islands - TAAF TAAF flag

Latitude : 49°21 S
Longitude : 70°13 E Logo Google Earth

Time : UTC +5

Port au Français was established in 1950 on "Grande Terre" the main island of Kerguelen archipelago. It is the biggest French subantarctic station with 60 over winters and more or less 120 persons during the summer campaigns.

Kerguelen islands are characterised by very strong winds right trough the year and an average temperature of 5°C.

The main activities carried out for the opening of the station are meteorology, geophysics and biology.

Also, Port aux Français hosts a satellite maintenance station.


Credits : Information miscellaneous. Pictures by Mehdi Escoffier F5PFP, Yann Libessart, Andre Treguer.
Music : Jean-Michel Jarre - En attendant Cousteau - Calypso part 3 / Dreyfus 1993