To voluntarily go to the end of the world in the name of science, you need to be a special person. But this is exactly what a bunch of people do every summer (in the southern hemisphere at this time of winter) at the geographical South Pole. Antarctica is the coldest and dryest place on the globe, and our south pole is among the most forgotten places of God. Living on the polar station “Amundsen-Scott” during the winter endure a time full of adventure, isolation and the very experience that is available to very few. It’s hard to live on the South Pole, but it’s very interesting. Where else can you find …
One sunrise and one sunset per year
Because of the unique location of the South Pole at the very bottom of the globe, the sun is visible there as nowhere else. It is at the ends of the Earth that you can observe the longest sunset.
Due to the inclination of the axis of the planet, the South Pole experiences one sunset and one sunrise per year. To replace these two phenomena takes many days, so lovers to look at the sun will have something to look at, in all senses.
The clock is not needed
If you work in the open air, you will not need a watch. When the sun finally rises, it will gradually rise until the middle of summer, and then slowly descend to the horizon.
While the glowing ball is creeping across the sky, illuminating it 24/7, it will be very easy to understand the time of day. When the luminary turns up at a certain building or an identification mark at a certain time, it will be there every day at the same time. If the lunch time comes, when the sun is above the object with the meteorological probe, you can go to the cafeteria whenever this happens.
A dizzying journey
Upon arrival at the South Pole you will find that walking there is not so difficult. The ice is well pressed and crystallized, forming a non-slippery surface. Antarctica is everywhere the same, not counting altitude.
The South Pole lies on a 3,000-meter ice plate, and new arrivals are about 3 kilometers above sea level. There are no elevators, so whenever the luggage has to be raised by 15 meters, they will be severely reminiscent of the elevation.
Drowsiness can be a problem
Your body eventually acclimates to height, but physiologically, the ascent will be even more difficult due to an atmospheric phenomenon that can only be detected at the poles. When the barometric pressure drops, the air becomes denser, as everywhere on Earth. Our planet revolves around its axis, creating a centrifugal force. This force pulls the atmosphere to the equator, “lowering” the sky at the poles.
As the skies fall, the air becomes thinner, making the height of the South Pole larger than it actually is. Since the inhabitants live at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level, an extra 600 meters can cause drowsiness, which climbers experience when climbing to a height.
In a trap
Although the research stations of the South Pole are buzzing with scientific activity during the short summer seasons, there remains for the winter only a small team of 50 people. These brave souls are isolated at the bottom of the planet, from the time the last plane leaves in mid-February and until the next one returns in late October-early November.
Regardless of the disease and insanity, people have to remain trapped, since low temperatures in winter are likely to freeze aircraft fuel, making any flight impossible.
For those who have ventured to put themselves in the name of science, the winter will be long. After sunsets of a few days and a month of twilight, night sets in for several months. Some suffer from seasonal affective disorder, but most often work, life and creativity in close contact with the same 50 people for weeks are worse than anything else.
Such conditions will make anyone capricious, and even the most resilient come out with an acidic mine when the winter ends. In most cases this occurs around August. Although for all the influence is different, it is boring to see the same faces in the endless darkness.
Dressing-gowns with friends
Although the temperature is brutally low and even lethal without suitable equipment, the thermometer’s column rarely drops below -73 degrees Celsius. But when this happens, local residents have the opportunity to join one of the most exclusive fraternities of the planet: the “300 Club” (300 Club).
They gather naked in the sauna of the research station and heat it to 93 degrees Celsius (200 Fahrenheit). And when everyone is already good, wet and hot, they put on only boots and pop out to the mark of the geographical South Pole. Exit from the sauna to the label entails a temperature change of 300 degrees (Fahrenheit) and a beautiful snapshot, with a thin silvery layer of frozen sweat, just next to the historic South Pole.
When the earth wears
The South Pole lies on a plate of ice 3 km thick. And when the ice lies on top, it has a tendency to slide … to slip strongly. Although the present geographic South Pole does not move, the mark and buildings above it are still like, 2.5 centimeters a day. Everything relative to the pole is displaced by 9 meters per year.
Surveyors accurately determine the exact location of the South Pole, and the pole marker moves annually to compensate for a long slow slip.
Run over whole world
Running is a great way to keep the form, but running in the cold can be a great way to burn lungs. Nevertheless, few can resist the temptation to be able to boast that they literally ran around the world. At the South Pole, this will require about 20 steps.
To put the runners in fair conditions, the station runs an annual race. The route by the ring bypasses the mark of the pole, allowing the participants to be absolutely honest to say that they really ran around the whole world.
New Year and again, and again, and again
The time zones are divided into 15 degrees longitude. These degrees are most often divided on the equator – between them about 111 kilometers. From the equator, they go north and south, gradually reducing the distance between each other until all 24 converge on the poles. Living at the South Pole, people have the opportunity to move from one time zone to another in a few steps.
In the New Year it takes on a special dimension. Polar residents can celebrate New Year in each time zone of the Earth, simply rearranging their legs. Only the strongest will survive the 24-hour festival.