This is Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station. Why is it elevated?

for earthquake safety
to reduce heat loss
to avoid heating the ground
to avoid being buried in snow
All struc­tures at the South Pole cause wind-blown snow to build up in the sur­round­ing area (about four feet of snow per year). The station building has sloping lower portion of wall, which causes the snow to be scoured away.

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for earthquake safety
to reduce heat loss
to avoid heating the ground
to avoid being buried in snow
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flagItaly
17%
17%
0%
64%
17
flagGermany
3%
31%
15%
50%
58
flagthe United States
5%
22%
25%
45%
95
flagNorway
18%
18%
18%
45%
11
flagthe United Kingdom
7%
40%
7%
44%
93
flagPoland
6%
35%
19%
37%
3640
flagIndia
20%
17%
25%
37%
35
flagUnknown
6%
42%
27%
23%
149
flagRepublic of Ireland
0%
70%
20%
10%
10

Gender

men34%
women38%
for earthquake safety
6%
6%
to reduce heat loss
37%
36%
to avoid heating the ground
21%
17%
to avoid being buried in snow
34%
38%

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