14 November 2014

Fragment Friday - Polar Opposites

The Corgis don't let snow and cold stop them. Any time is a good time for a game of bouncy ball.
Since we're in the grip of another polar incursion, I thought I'd cheer myself up by posting some facts on two places it's usually a lot colder.

1. Antarctica is more populated than you think. Check out the McMurdo Station Web Cams 
From the website: "The station has a harbor, landing strips  External U.S. government site on the sea ice and shelf ice, and a helicopter pad ... Repair facilities, dormitories, administrative buildings, a firehouse, power plant, water distillation plant, wharf, stores, clubs, warehouses, a science support center, and the first-class, 4,320 square-meter Crary Lab  External U.S. government site are linked by above-ground water, sewer, telephone, and power lines ... Temperatures may reach 8°C (46°F) in summer and -50°C (-58°F) in winter."

2. The name ‘Antarctica’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘opposite to the north’. Because it experiences such little rain, Antarctica is considered a desert. Antarctica is bigger than Europe and almost double the size of Australia.

3. What about the Arctic? Glad you asked -  from NOAA
"Scientific study of the Arctic historically has been conducted by "expeditions". The earliest expeditions had as their goal reaching the North Pole, finding a "northwest passage" for shipping, or searching for whales or other species that could be harvested. Recently, expeditions have been replaced by cruises on scientific research vessels, temporary manned camps on the ice or on land, or permanent manned research facilities. Most recently, capabilities for unmanned observation of the Arctic have been developed. These include satellites and automated instruments or sensors that can be left on the ice, in the water, or on land for weeks and months at a time."

4.  The name ‘Arctic’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘near the bear’.
As well as the Arctic Ocean, the Arctic region is made up of parts of Russia, Greenland, Canada, USA, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland. The coldest recorded temperature in the Arctic is around −68 °C (−90 °F).

5. A Comparison - The Antarctic is a continent surrounded by ocean. The Arctic is an ocean surrounded by continents. Antarctic -The sea ice accumulates annually and more than doubles the size of the continent. Arctic - Sea ice accumulates over several years. Antarctic  - The annual mean temperature at the South Pole is -58°F. Arctic - The annual mean temperature at the North Pole is 0°F.

Wyoming isn't looking half bad....


Oonah said...

Stay snug like a corgi :)

Constance Brewer said...

Inside and lounging on the couch. Check. :)

Carla said...

Snow already! Will it stay all winter now, or will you probably get a thaw?

Constance Brewer said...

We had snow in September. We're in a nice deep freeze right now, 20 below at night. Hope it breaks soon, I hate being cold all the time.

Kathleen Cassen Mickelson said...

This also makes Minnesota look pretty good! Very interesting set of facts about both poles. And I haven't been to either one! Well, close to the north one once when I visited Finland.

Constance Brewer said...

I kinda flew close to it on a flight to Europe once. Other than that, experiencing Wyoming winters is the closest I'll come. :)

Split Pea Traveler said...

Good thing that snow isn't any deeper! ;)

You know it's cold when you're looking to the poles for solace and warmth. I knew someone who worked KP duty down in Antarctica for the scientists at one of the bases. Sounded cold and lonely, but strangely intoxicating. I think she ended up going back for a second round. I hope to see the continent for myself one day. In the summer, of course. :)

Stay warm!

Constance Brewer said...

When the snow gets deep, we shovel trails for the corgis. :)

I kinda want to see Antarctica, but I'm not a real fan of cold. So New Zealand it is!