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Settle in Antarctica?
Why dont more people live on Antarctica?
Conditions on Antarctic
Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, harshest continent, and with little precipitation (roughly 2 inches per year) is the driest place on earth.
Living on Halley Station
This article was written by Agnieszka Fryckowska, Meteorologist and Halley Winter Base Commander at Halley Station in Antarctica. This gives readers a window into life in Antarctica.
Did you know?
- In the Antarctic, most of the food people eat goes directly to generating heat.
- The colder it gets outside the body, the more food people need.
- Humans are so ill equipped for intense cold that they soon reach a state where they cannot stay warm no matter how much they eat.
- Stripped naked at 32°F, humans die of lowered core temperature in as little as 20 minutes.
- Traveling in the Antarctic requires that humans eat high energy or calorie-rich food and wear specially insulated clothing
Clothing guide for Antarctica
Gearing up for Antarctica
Dress the Antarctic scientist in the proper gear - check out this 'Flash' application and help the scientist choose his gear!
Modern Antarctic clothing
This is achieved by what is generally referred to as the "layer method" of dressing. Several layers are built up, each of which has its own part to contribute like Outer, Mid-insulation , base core etc.
Video on Clothing for Antarctica
Life on the Ice
Do you think life on Antarctica would be a like a ski Holiday?
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'Psychologists categorize Antarctic research stations as isolated, confined environments (ICE, appropriately).' So begins an article from the Stanford University Humanities Lab.
In the 1960s, psychologists hired by the U.S. Navy analyzed evaluations of over 1,000 people who had wintered over in order to create a system to screen candidates before going to Antarctica. They determined that the most important factors for effective performance in the Antarctic are industriousness, emotional stability, and sociability.
Last days of Sun - Flag Lowering
Flag Raising after Dark months
Early Expeditions to the South
Captain Robert Falcon Scott had already been to Antarctica prior to his ill-fatedTerra Nova expedition (1910-13). He commanded the Government-funded Discoveryexpedition (1901-4), which undertook significant scientific work. It was also the first British expedition to make an attempt to reach the Pole. Read more HERE
image source : http://www.travel-antarctica.com/2008/05/great-god-this-is-awful-place.html
Vintage Photos of the Polar Exploration. Click on image to view a whole gallery of shots
Scott, Robert Falcon (1868-1912)
Scott was born on 6 June 1868 at Outlands, Devonport, the third child of Hannah and John Scott, a brewer, and descendant of three generations of sailors.
Living on Antarctica
British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has a long and distinguished history of carrying out research and surveys in the Antarctic and surrounding regions, undertaking most of the British research on the frozen continent.
Working in the Antarctic is not an everyday experience. Quite simply, you are working and living in a station on one of the most dramatic continents on earth. Click on image to learn more
Photo of the day - 21 Feb. 2012
A job in Antarctica
Each year the United States sends about 650 people to Antarctic to perform scientific research and about 2,500 people to operate and maintain year-round research stations and provide logistics in support of this research. source
Ice and Silence: Extreme Working for the British Antarctic Survey
I live and work on an ice shelf. Halley Research Station resides on a 200m thick slab of floating ice, so my recent mountaineering has all been done a long way from land.
The First Women in Antarctica
One day, after reading an article in the school newspaper about a graduate student who had just returned from Antarctica, Terrell decided that that was where she wanted to go.
Day-to-day polar life
I am during a project on Antarctica and I would like to know what kind of supplies you need to take to Antarctica if you where going on an expedition. (useful Q&A page)
Interactive Timeline and Videos of Antarctic Exploration
Click on image to see a timeline of Antarctic exploration
Antarctic Heritage and Conservation
In the early years of the last century, Antarctica was the last great goal for explorers, who raced each other to be the first to reach the South Pole. Their legacy remains to this day in the form of the pre-fabricated huts used as bases for their journeys, and the possessions they left behind in them.
Watch the video, introduced by Sir David Attenborough, about Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s hut at Cape Evans. Seemingly frozen in time since 1912, it offers a tangible reminder of the endeavours of the intrepid explorers who lived there.
Life on Antarctica
Click on this image to access Australian Antarctic Division's online teaching resource, targeted for young children
Why live in Antarctica?
Who lives in Antarctica?
The main purpose for people living in Antarctica is to undertake scientific research.
(Australian Antarctic Division website)
Camping for Cash
David Devere is a full-time freelance writer writing an historical fiction novel on the Italian Renaissance. He spent 29 months in Antarctica.
How would you like to re-locate to Antarctica?
From Singapore to Antarctica? Look up a list of 'available jobs' posted on the British Antarctic Survey website!!
Click to view a video of British Antarctic Survey
In December 2012 a ten-person team of scientists, engineers and camp managers will make the long journey from the UK to live and work for approximately eight weeks in this extreme environment. It’s a complex business to transport tonnes of highly specialised equipment to the site
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Lake Ellsworth, locked deep in the ice for hundreds of thousands of years is the ideal candidate for exploring the unknown world beneath. Science teams expect to find life forms that are adapted to living in its unique and isolated environment.
Books in the Senior Library
The following books include information about humans who live in Antarctic and how they deal with the harsh conditions:
Frozen Oceans by
Frozen Oceans follows the expeditions of polar scientists in the Arctic and Antarctic as they investigate the life found in and around the ice caps, which cover up to 13 percent of the Earth's surface.