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January 1964

Studies of Fungi at Amundsen-Scott IGY South Pole Base (1957)

Author Affiliations


Major, USAF (MC), Chief of Dermatology, USAF Hospital, Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, DC; Asst. Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), Georgetown University School of Medicine (Maj. Jacobs).

Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Vermont College of Medicine (Dr. Taylor).

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC; Consultant in Dermatology, Walter Reed Army Hospital (Dr. Shafer).

Arch Dermatol. 1964;89(1):117-123. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01590250123021

When the Amundsen-Scott IGY South Pole Station was first established and manned (1956-1957), a project was developed to study the presence and survival of fungi in this region. During the time that this famous camp was under construction and throughout that first winter, specimens were collected from the air, the snow, the depths of ice, and from the men and their living quarters.

Methods of collecting samples are reported. By the techniques available in this study it was not possible to demonstrate the presence of fungi in air currents or a specimen of surface snow. Cultural studies from the ice, the men, and from living quarters revealed nonpathogenic fungi. These were probably carried to the polar region by this or possibly by previous expeditions and represented contamination from human sources.

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