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So it's never warm at Vostok station, so ice, and perhaps
the solution-looking-a-problem that is Pykrete are cheap
and useful building materials. What are we going to build?
A massive great mountain. To do this, we're going to need
a couple of power stations, nuclear for preference. One at
shore as a pumping station, and another at the site as
a second pumping station and general power station.
Then, we're going to start pumping water. A team of
robots dragging big hoses around take care of spraying
water about in a nice square. I'm thinking a square, of
about 100km per side. Then, build another, until you have
a 40km-tall stepped pyramid. You can't go much taller
because the atmosphere get's a little close to 0 (unless it's
much colder over the antarctic). Why build it? not sure,
it's cool, you could probably get some pretty-atmosphere
free images with a nice telescope, although you're not
going to cover much sky with a polar location. You could
possibly use it to put a space launch track up the side, but
again, not the ideal location. Mountain climbers would
probably like it.
A perhaps similarly-shaped Idea
Also, it has hollows inside, so the lower levels don't get squished until they flow like a glacier. [Vernon, Jan 27 2013]
Ice, ice baby
[theircompetitor, Jan 27 2013]
||Not that you shouldn't try of course, but I think you'd run out of water before you ran out of atmosphere.
||meh, this one's only 133,000 cubic kilometers or so.
||throw in a few fancy materials, not much maybe a
couple of diagonal steel cables here and a bit more
Pykrete there. Also, if it expands slowly enough, it
doesn't matter, we'll just add more to the top.