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Old March 16 2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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Anyone worked in Antarctica?

I've been wanting to do so, and today was lucky enough to receive an e-mail noting that I've passed the first phase and am under consideration to go as an Admin Assistant. I've read from others that I can now look forward to a barrage of interviews, medical exams and red tape and the possibility of getting or not getting the position.

Anyway, has anyone here ever worked in Antarctica or just traveled down there? I think I remember someone here talking about being stationed at McMurdo at one point....
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Old March 16 2011, 11:44 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone worked in Antarctica?

Not directly, but I have an Aunt and Uncle who are wildlife photographers. They've been going on antartic cruises geared towards professional photographers.
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Old March 16 2011, 11:49 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone worked in Antarctica?

I've always wanted to get down there but with three young kids I doubt that'll happen soon.

My company makes documentaries and frequently visit Antarctica. Must try and get on the next film shoot.

I want to travel to South Georgia as well at some stage.
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Old March 16 2011, 11:59 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone worked in Antarctica?

I went there in 2009 as a tourist. Breathtaking scenery!
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Old March 17 2011, 12:10 AM   #5
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Re: Anyone worked in Antarctica?

I saw a TV show about a group of scientists that went to the North Pole to try and detect something called 'magnetic monopoles'. Unfortuantely due to personal differences they were unable to complete the experiment successfully and when they returned to America with large beards one of them ran off to his mother in Texas.

I hope this helps.
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Old March 17 2011, 12:38 AM   #6
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Re: Anyone worked in Antarctica?

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I saw a TV show about a group of scientists that went to the North Pole to try and detect something called 'magnetic monopoles'. Unfortuantely due to personal differences they were unable to complete the experiment successfully and when they returned to America with large beards one of them ran off to his mother in Texas.

I hope this helps.
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Old March 17 2011, 02:23 AM   #7
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Re: Anyone worked in Antarctica?

I was there twice on a Coast Guard icebreaker -- each time for about 8-9 weeks.

It's a staggeringly beautiful place that really makes you feel about 2 inches tall compared to Momma Nature. I totally wish I could go back!!

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Old March 17 2011, 03:12 AM   #8
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Re: Anyone worked in Antarctica?

I've never *worked* in Antarctica, but I did see the episode of Planet Earth that was about the *penguins* in Antarctica.
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Old March 17 2011, 03:40 AM   #9
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Re: Anyone worked in Antarctica?

You need to watch the documentary film "Encounters At The End Of The World" by Werner Herzog. A really great film that portrays the lives of those that work there.
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Old March 17 2011, 05:32 AM   #10
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Re: Anyone worked in Antarctica?

Nope. Canada has no official presence in Antarctica, so there aren't a lot of opportunities for us.

That said, I would love to go to the North someday.
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Old March 17 2011, 08:49 AM   #11
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Nope. Canada has no official presence in Antarctica, so there aren't a lot of opportunities for us.
Yeah, what would you guys know about snow anyway...?
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Old March 17 2011, 10:57 AM   #12
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Re: Anyone worked in Antarctica?

The commute was such a drag.
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Old March 17 2011, 01:19 PM   #13
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Baby it's cold outside..
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Old March 17 2011, 02:46 PM   #14
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Nope. Canada has no official presence in Antarctica, so there aren't a lot of opportunities for us.
Yeah, what would you guys know about snow anyway...?
I think the logic for Canada was "Why bother?" when we have more territory in the Arctic than anyone save for Russia.
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Old March 17 2011, 03:13 PM   #15
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Re: Anyone worked in Antarctica?

Colonel Midnight wrote: View Post
I was there twice on a Coast Guard icebreaker -- each time for about 8-9 weeks.
Same one that's in your avatar?
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