CONCORDIA ANTARCTIC BASE

(Joint Italian & French)

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Also known as Dome C, "Concordia" was officially opened in December 1997 firstly as a summer only base but since 2003 as a year round base. It is located 950 km from the Antarctic Coastline at an altitude of 3,220 metres above sea level on the Antarctic Ice Cap.

It has 12 main buildings and is involved in a variety of science projects including Geodesy/mapping, geomagnetic observations, glaciology, human biology and meterology. It has space for 45 persons in summer which usuallly drops to 10 or slightly less in winter.

It is supplied normally by air from the Italian Terra Nova Bay main base station or by an annual overland traverse by heavy tractor haul from the French Dumont D'Urville Base

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CONCORDIA 1   1999 (Feb 15th) Polarogramme from Concordia.     Price US$10

Note: This Polarogramme has a large Italian Antarctic sticker on its back. The Polarogramme has been flown to Scott Base by Twin Otter (Probably via Terra Nova Bay) and then entered the mail at Scott Base which is how most Italian mail is handled.

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CONCORDIA 2   1999 (December 31st) ENEA envelope from Concordia.     Price US$8

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Note: The above envelope has a variety of cachets. It also bears the Scott Base cachet as shown at left on the back.

The selection of cachets will vary on this item.

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CONCORDIA 3   2000 (December 15th) Envelope from Concordia sent thru Dumont D'Urville    Price US$8

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Note: The above Concordia 3 envelope differs in the cachets applied. We show another version at left.

The stamp design shows the building of the "Forage Glaciare" building at Concordia.

Backstamped on arrival at Christchurch on 9 February, 2001.

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CONCORDIA 4   2000 (December 17th) Postcard from Concordia sent thru Dumont D'Urville    Price US$8

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Note: The view at left shows the picture side of the above picture postcard.

It depicts the "Forage Glaciare" building being built at Concordia.

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CONCORDIA 5   2000 (December 17th) Envelope from Concordia sent thru Dumont D'Urville    Price US$8

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CONCORDIA 6   2000 (December 19th) Envelope from Concordia sent thru Scott Base    Price US$6

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Note: The above envelope has a Baia Terra Nova cachet as shown at left on it's reverse indicating the envelope first travelled to Terra Nova Bay (By Twin Otter aircraft ) before flying onto Scott Base.

After being handstamped at the Ross Agency in Christchurch it has also been incorrectly machine cancelled Christchurch as well.

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CONCORDIA 7   2000 (December 19th) Polarogramme from Concordia posted Scott Base.   Price US$8

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Note: The above Polarogramme has three cachets on its back as shown at left including a Concordia cachet.

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CONCORDIA 8   2000 (December 19th) Postcard from Concordia posted Christchurch.   Price US$5

Note: This postcard which has the same back as " Concordia 4" has been postmarked on arrival back in Christchurch. although bearing Ross Dependency stamps it incorrectly has an ordinary Christchurch postmark indicating that a Italian Expedition member brought the postcards back and simply put them in the mail rather than handing them into the Postal Agency.

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CONCORDIA 9   2001 (May 10th) Postcard posted on arrival back in Italy.    Price US$5

Note: This postcard bearing an Italian stamp has been carried all the way back to Italy on board the expedition ship "Italica" before being posted at "Santa Maria Di Galeria" post office in Rome.

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CONCORDIA 10   2001 (May 10th) Postcard posted on arrival back in Italy.    Price US$5

Note: This postcard differs in that it also has a large Italian Antarctic Expedition sticker on its front.

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CONCORDIA 11   2002 (February 28th) Envelope posted via Ross Agency.    Price US$6

Note: This envelope from Concordia was flown back to Terra Nova Bay, carried by helicopter onto the "Italica" and then brought back to Lyttelton on board "Italica" and finally posted through the Ross Dependency Postal Agency in Christchurch.

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CONCORDIA 12   2004 (December 20th) Postcard from Concordia Station.    Price US$8

Note: The above postcard has been signed by Dr Luigi Morici who is the Christchurch based head of the Italian Antarctic programme. It has the 2004-05 cachet of the station. this postcard has been carried back to Christchurch from Concordia by SAFAIR aircraft.

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CONCORDIA 13   2005 (February 7th) Postcard from Concordia Station.    Price US$8

Note: The above postcard bears a New Zealand Post DIY stamp which shows the main Concordia Station buildings.

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CONCORDIA 14   2005 Booklet with pane of 6 DIY Concordia stamps mint.    Price US$20

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CONCORDIA 15   2005 (February 28th) Postcard from Concordia Station.    Price US$5

Note: This postcard bears a Ross Dependency stamp and has been posted through the Ross Agency in Christchurch.

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CONCORDIA 16   2005 Antarctic Week QSL card from TM8ANT unused.    Price US$3

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Shown at left is the back side of the above QSL card which was issued by operator Francois Bergez.

The second Antarctic Week that the card was issued for was in February 2005.

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CONCORDIA 17   2005 (November 5th) Postcard from Concordia Station.    Price US$8

Note: the above postcard bears a .96 Euro French Antarctic stamp showing a map of Antarctica with Concordia base prominently shown.

The postcard was flown from Concordia to the French Dumont D'Urville Base where it was postmarked. It was then carried from the base by the French vessel "L'Astrolabe" to Hobart. Backstamped on arrival in Christchurch 19 January, 2006.

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CONCORDIA 18   2006 (February 27th) Postcard from Concordia Station.    Price US$8

Note: the above postcard bears a .50 Euro TAAF stamp depicting the Concordia Base buildings. The postcard was taken to the Italian Base in Terra Nova Bay and placed on board the "Italica" where it was then carried back to New Zealand arriving 27th February 2006 and accordingly paquebot postmarked. The postcard has the "Italica's" ships cachet on its reverse

CONCORDIA 19   2008 (January 17th) Postcard from Concordia Station.    Price US$8

Autographed by the Alberto Mancini, the Electronic Engineer for the new Concordia telescope.


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