What Sorts of Homes Can You Find in Antarctica?

Although there are manned research stations with nice living quarters, including bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, living areas, offices, generator rooms, and communication rooms, in Antarctica, there are no typical homes. Depending on their field activity, expeditioners and scientists also stay in various types of housing. Tents, shelters, and huts with food rations, illumination, and cooks are some of the field lodging options.

Due to its severe weather, Antarctica is the least populated continent in the world. It is not appropriate for long-term human habitation because it is the coldest, windiest, and driest spot on earth. The annual average temperature is minus 57.1 degrees Fahrenheit, and the wind speed is averaging 12.3 mph.

The area experiences long stretches of total darkness in the winter and 24 hours of sunlight in the summer due to its location at the bottom of the world. The temperature in Antarctica hardly ever gets beyond 10 degrees Fahrenheit, despite having 24 hours of daylight.

Even in the dead of winter, over 5,000 researchers visit the virtually uninhabited continent to do studies on the local life and ice. The peak season for tourism is during the summer, when polar voyages are offered commercially by private ships and aviation companies.

The expedition and navigation ships used for research are frequently the same or very similar to the ships and aircraft used during the tours, although they have been updated to make them more comfortable for summer visitors.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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