Would you live in Antarctica? It’s definitely the coldest and most desolate continent on Earth. But just how isolated would you feel there? Is there any logic in living in this remote place? There must be, since there are thousands of people who live there every year. I know what you are thinking… Why? How on Earth do they get there? Does living in Antarctica work?
Almost all of the land-mass is covered in ice that is extremely thick. What you are left with is 2% of no ice. The continent also has a large transport network and significant infrastructure.
Although some countries have claimed the territory as theirs, Antarctica is considered an international zone. Thanks to a specific treaty, there are no large-scale commercial operations in the continent today. It’s like a pristine place we have for all humans.
Who are these people who live there?
As you may have guesses, these are basically scientists and researchers who study the continent itself. Others use the area to study the entire world as well. Some scientists even use the continent to look at space. That would look so dreamy! No lights around and all stars to be seen!
How do people get there?
It must be difficult with all that ice and snow! There is not much snow either, and when it does snow, it sticks there for centuries. That’s how planes get there. By snow or ice runways. Once the ice starts to break up, cargo ships can also bring supplies. Cargo ships can also bring passengers at this time of the year in an inexpensive way. In order for the passengers to get inland, there are special planes with retractable skis on them.
Although some things are made to be convenient, Antarctica still has the harshest climates on the planet. Planes are not allowed to take off or land in the dark. Therefore, there are no planes and boats during the seven months of darkness. Which makes sense, right?
So, if you really want to live there, you better become a scientist!
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