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Declassified Spy Outpost Lurks on the Dark Side of the Earth



In November 2011, Stankievech hitched a ride with the Canadian military to the Canadian Forces Station (CFS) ALERT Signals Intelligence Station, which is only 450 nautical miles south of the North Pole. At the 82nd Parallel North, the military spy outpost at CFS ALERT is the Earth’s northernmost settlement populated year-round.

Stankievech, a Canadian artist, made the epic two-day journey for his latest film project The Soniferous Æther. The project includes several haunting and beautiful black-and-white time-lapse shots (see video below). Late in the year, virtually no snow falls at the site and the air is dry. Under the constant pitch-black sky the already-fallen snow doesn’t glisten but appears as gray as lunar dust.

“There is a natural, obvious connection between the Arctic and outer space,” says Stankievech. “The –50ºC climate requires you to move from artificial environment to artificial environment. The darkness [in winter months] negates the blue atmosphere replacing it with stars and ‘space weather’ like the aurora borealis.”

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My youngest son did a 6 month tour at Alert back around 1999-2000.
The whole complex is made up of those modular mobile units mounted up on stilts off the ground.
He was the head cook at the time and has told me about the arctic wildlife (wolves and foxes etc) that would show up under the units hoping for scraps.

Also mentioned it was total darkness the whole time he was there sept to march, when they flew out heading south, after about 45 minutes in the air you could start to see a lighted horizon southward.
 

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That first image is just haunting.
 
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