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Antarctica And Its Extreme Weather Conditions

By Fred Ford

Having been deemed as the least likely person to consider traveling to Antarctica because of her dislike for cold weather there is one woman who went against what she abhorred and traveled to the location twice. After her trips, she still wants another chance to return. Aware of the fact that no other place was as cold on earth was this lady. Doing what she did came from the desire to be involved in what only a few people have been able to accomplish.

In 1988, she was hired to be part of the support crew for scientists at McMurdo Station on the Ross Ice Shelf 825 miles from the South Pole. She was a general field assistant which she considered as a go for in today’s everyday language. Part of her preparation was reading Survival in Antarctica which was written by the National Science Foundation. She also had to undergo a series of inoculations and pass an extensive physical exam. All of these are necessary for there are no medical facilities.

Any medical needs would require the government to fly you out of the location via helicopter which may cause harm to others not to mention cost loads of money. Arriving in Antarctica meant that she was attending outdoor survival school. Should she find herself far from the base, she will know how to spot a crevasse field and make an adequate sleeping shelter.

Aside from a covered path leading to the bathroom from the ten this had four lavatories and two showers. Posted on the door was a sign telling them to only have one two minute shower per week. No flushing if not necessary. Such a rule applies until further notice. This is an effort to prepare for any cases of fire on the station. Not only in the water plant but other equipment used in sub zero temperatures throughout the day suffered from mechanical problems.

This made it more important for water to be saved. But they made sure that water was available for cooking food and to use for drinking. Still, water for other purposes including toilets, showers, and even laundry were all limited.

Advanced planning for all their phone calls was also necessary. Air waves are affected by the weather and your call may not easily come through so you first need to put yourself on a waiting list. Required by the communications link are ham radio operators.

Weather that was extremely cold was the worst inconvenience they had to deal with over there. Lasting from October through December was the summer that can measure at a temperature of 32 degrees. During January, other temperature changes occur. If there was a wind chill or the like she would note them down in her diaries.

Working in pairs is often dictated by the weather. It can also interfere with outdoor travel. When there are limitations, usually the weather is so intense. Being isolated gave her time to get to know herself. She was a new woman. Before she went to Antarctica, she says she was pretty cocky, I thought I could pretty much whip the world. Now she knows that there are a lot of things that are out of her control. She’s not as paranoid as before.

Out of the ordinary is what the continent is. Sharing the firsthand experience for an untouched continent is what is wonderful about the entire expedition. There are limited destinations not reached by man. Man can go to the mountains, the rivers, and in the timber if desired.

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