What Hazards Do Humans Encounter in Antarctica?

Imagine sleeping with a snow shovel in your tent so you can dig out in the morning. Or having to stop your supply vehicle from falling into a crevasse. Just another demanding workday in Antarctica.

Crevasses by Edmund Hillary

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Crevasses by Edmund Hillary

Along with being one of the first two men to scale Everest, Hillary also was a noted Antarctic explorer. Experience a trek across a band of crevasses near the South Pole with his firsthand account.

Living and Working in Antarctica Safely

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Living and Working in Antarctica Safely

Each year, more than 1,000 researchers and support staff travel to Antarctica. It's Ferris's job to make sure that each one has safety training, plus the right supplies and transportation.

Living & Working in Antarctica

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Living & Working in Antarctica

What gear would you pack to travel to Antarctica, and what permits would you need before you can travel? Get a taste for how scientists prepare for an excursion to Antarctica's Palmer Station.

Antarctic Hazards

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Antarctic Hazards

Dehydration, hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn of the eyes, trench foot ... there's no shortage of hazards in the Antarctic. When it comes to packing your gear, light is definitely not the way to go!

Safety and Wintering Over in Antarctica

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Safety and Wintering Over in Antarctica

Antarctica's winter runs from mid-February through late August. If you decide to stay, you're there for the duration—all aircraft traffic is stopped. Learn how research crews prepare to go it alone.

Fabric Test

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Fabric Test

It all comes down to choosing the right outfit ... when you're dressing for an expedition to Antarctica. Do you know which fabrics would do the best job keeping you warm and dry?

Antarctic Extreme Jeopardy

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Antarctic Extreme Jeopardy

Hazards to Humans, Polar Gear, The Cold Facts—how well do you know your Antarctica trivia? Whatever you do, don't forget to give your answers in question form!