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Posted 11 October 2009 - 12:36 AM

Title says it all, what dept. are you in and who are you.
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 12:50 AM

Not to sound rude or ignorant, though it will probably come across as both, but are there really that many people stationed/living down in antarctica that you wouldn't know them all already? Like there isn't just like one big base with x many people living in it? Once again, not trying to be rude, and probably sound very ignorant. Just never really thought about this before. Always thought there was like 15 people living in a base there and that was it.

What do you do there? And what do you do for fun?
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 06:21 AM

Leg. It's not a town, island or territory. It's a huge continent. They do have some year round camps but are about to kick off their spring season. Soon they'll get busy when the international camps open and fishing centers start up. There are research center scattered all over studying different parts.

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 09:36 AM

What do you do in Antarctica? Are you a researcher or something?
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 10:33 AM

My grandmother took a trip there once to the see the penguins on a Russian ice breaker, aide from that I can't really relate.
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 03:34 PM

I am a Blaster currently employed by Raytheon. I work with the science groups and handle the proper use and implementation of explosives for seismic research. Occasionally I may blast dive holes through the ice when its not practical to bring in an ice drill or or blast to cave in snow and ice bridges in the traverses which act as the roadways across the sea and seasonal ice flows. This year we will be blasting on Mt. Erebus which is a 14,000 ft active volvano here on Ross Island about 18 miles from McMurdo Station. Mc Murdo Station is the major supply and support point for the United States Antarctic Program.

And to answer your questions Legato there are a few thousand people who come through here per year and approximately 250,000 people have been recorded as having set foot on the continent, I realize the chance was slim but thought Id ask.

Hmm Fun huh, well the bowling alley caved in but there are a few Gym's, library, couple of bars, Bouldering cave etc... There are also rec trips to variuos areas of interest and plenty of survival courses which can be quite enjoyable. We arrange softball games and Rugby games against the Kiwis there are also plenty of hiking trails.

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 05:41 PM

wow sorry if i offended you there. :laugh: Wasn't trying too. I honestly had no idea that many people were there. Damn. :sick: So to go outside do they give you like a super thick suit to wear? Or is like Under Armour Cold Gear enough?
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 06:15 PM

There's a bowling alley and library?
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 07:03 PM

View PostSp.Ed, on Oct 14 2009, 06:34 PM, said:

Hmm Fun huh, well the bowling alley caved in but there are a few Gym's, library, couple of bars, Bouldering cave etc... There are also rec trips to variuos areas of interest and plenty of survival courses which can be quite enjoyable. We arrange softball games and Rugby games against the Kiwis there are also plenty of hiking trails.


OK I'm asking .... what the heck is the drinking age down there.
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 07:08 PM

Good thing is, you don't even need a freezer for the alcohol, just bury it outside your room and go get it whenever you want an ice cold drink. :laugh: Win!

And do you guys get good liquor imported down there from all over the world, or do you only get like bud light and american crap beers? I'd love some fresh vodka or cognac chilled til it is icy as can be. XD
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 08:38 PM

No offense taken,

They do hire chefs and every other position you can think of needed to run a small town. For employment www.usap.gov and select employment opportunities from the column on the left.

Drinking age is 18 and they have a decent selection of beers from around the world but nothing to exoctic and nothing on tap. The liquor is pretty standard stuff and drinks are $3-$4 with a six pack selling in the store for $3-$5 and ciggarettes for $3-$4 depending on thre brand.

The USAP issues a pretty good assortment of clothing from poly pro's to heavy down parkas as well as everything in between. The average temp for the Austral Summer (Oct-Feb) is -40* to +40* with random occurences of much lower temps. Three weeks ago it dropped to -106*.

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 09:59 PM

Antarctica, I'd be down. There should be a fund we can set up to have a huge migration to the ice continent, find the second Stargate and the Ancient weapon.
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 10:07 PM

Was seeing if they needed an X-Ray/CT/MRI tech there...Doesn't look like it:(

Looks nice though
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 10:11 AM

I've been wanting to get special duty to Antartica. 1) for the experience 2) because my explorer side wants to see it and 3) because the AF ribbon for antartica is badass. haha.
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 07:43 PM

View Post82ndx, on Oct 14 2009, 10:59 PM, said:

Antarctica, I'd be down. There should be a fund we can set up to have a huge migration to the ice continent, find the second Stargate and the Ancient weapon.


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