1 December 2017 Reaching the Top of the Bottom of the World

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Dahlia
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Morning Pod Questions

Hi Ms. Lesley!

We've been enjoying your journal entries and we hope that you're doing well! We were happy to see the flag we signed at the South Pole marker! Here are our questions for this journal:

1. Are there any techniques to get used to the atmosphere?
2. How much water do you drink to stay hydrated there?
3. How many species live in Antarctica?

Hi guys!

Hi guys! 1. I took diamox, an altitude sickness medication that helped me to increase the number of red blood cells in my body to process the oxygen. But aside from that, it's important to take it easy and let your body naturally acclimatize with time (usually about 72 hours). 2. We drink about 3 times as much water as I would need at home to stay hydrated. But it is also important to drink lots of electrolytes (like gatorade) because of the high elevation. I would say I drink about 3 liters of water per day. 3. Along the coast there are over 200 marine species that inhabit Antarctica. There are no terrestrial vertebrates in the cold deserts (center of Antarctica) except of course your crazy teacher and a bunch of awesome scientists.

Aaron (Afternoo...
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Questions for Ms. Lesley!

Hi Ms. Lesley, so glad to hear that you've landed safely in the South Pole! Here are a couple questions we have for you today.

1. How can you distinguish each other apart in your ECW?
2. What do you think about the trip so far?
3. When does your research actually start?
4. What other professions are the people there for?

Thank you for your updates!

Thanks everyone!

Thanks everyone!

  1. It can be difficult from behind since most people have the same standard issue ECW gear. But when you start working with people outside more regularly you start to recognize their beanie or their neck gaiter (part that goes over your nose and mouth). We also have name tags on our jackets so you can tell who you're working with.
  2. This is definitely a trip of a lifetime. I've met the most amazing people and learned so much in just a few short days. It has been mentally and physically challenging but it is such an honor to be in the presence of some of the smartest and bravest scientists in the world. I can't wait to share more stories with you all when I come home.
  3. We have started already! I'll be posting a new journal soon about my work with the ARA drilling team. I'm also working with the IceCube team, but I will be heading out to the IceCube lab later in the week when the drill finally gets up and running. It has been an amazing opportunity getting to be an engineer this past week.
  4. Everybody helps out with cooking, cleaning, maintenance, etc. But there are specialized jobs for people to work as chefs, store operators, post office clerks, carpenters, fire fighters, station managers, electricians, IT supports, electrical engineers, pilots, etc. If you're interested in going to the South Pole, let's talk about a career path option! You don't just need to be a scientist or an engineer :)

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