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February 13, 2013

Antarctica: Entry 2

There is a surprising amount of human life in this isolated part of the world.

We’ve come a long way since the first explorers; now there are anywhere between one and five thousand researchers living in Antarctica at any given time (more in the summer, of course).

The Palmer Station

The Palmer Station is an enormous US research facility. Staff from the Station (which is run by The National Science Foundation) came aboard the ship and gave us a presentation of their work. They conduct a lot of long term studies on the climate including using a remote controlled vehicle to monitor sea temperature and salinity through the water column.

The historic Wordie House, named after a member of Shackleton's famous expedition team

After getting to know some of the researchers and staff, I’m beginning to understand how they get by: just like we do–with lots of good food and music! In fact, one of the Palmer Station’s chefs hails from Kansas City! Truly a small world.

Stay tuned for another post.

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