Monthly Archives: November 2014

South Pole Internet (or lack thereof)

Hello everyone! I made it to the South Pole yesterday, but this is the first time that I’ve been able to get wordpress to load. The internet here relies on a series of satellites in polar orbits, which must support … Continue reading

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McMurdo Adventures

I have spent the past three days at McMurdo Station, waiting for the weather to clear enough for my flight to the South Pole to leave. The first day I didn’t do much other than explore the central buildings in … Continue reading

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Travel Log (Part 2)

Commercial flights can only take Antarctic travelers as far as Christchurch. After that, USAP participants rely on chartered flights on special military aircraft, which are equipped for the polar conditions. The airplane I took was a LC-130, also known as a … Continue reading

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Travel Log: Or, how does one get to the South Pole, anyway? (Part 1)

A century ago, getting to the South Pole was an arduous process only attempted by the most determined explorers. It took weeks or months to get to the coast via ship, and then days or weeks to trek from there … Continue reading

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First Post: What am I doing in Antarctica?

Welcome to my first attempt at writing a blog! For the next 5-6 weeks, I’ll be traveling in Antarctica as part of my graduate school research. I will be posting about my adventures here, either as they happen or (if … Continue reading

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