HomeDecember 2016What’s So Special about Antarctica, Anyway?

Antarctica: The underbelly of our planet.


Antarctica is the highest, driest, coldest, windiest, and emptiest place on earth. Its unparalleled environment makes it similar to visiting another planet!

According to the United States Antarctic Program (USAP), only 3,000 people deploy each year to conduct or support research in the Antarctic region. As a participant in the USAP, I am thrilled for the opportunity to experience an extraordinary place that few people have ventured. Most importantly, I am excited to share my team’s adventures with you!

Below are some basic facts about the continent of Antarctica. Why do you think so few people have ventured to this region on the earth? 


Image: 2014-2016 USAP Participant Guide, p. iv

Polar Ponder #2: Would you take part in an expedition to Antarctica? Why or why not? 

…Stay tuned for the next blog post: A Polar Packing Challenge!



What’s So Special about Antarctica, Anyway? — 2 Comments

  1. Good morning Natalie! I was just checking out your awesome website! I want to wish you safe travels as you depart on the ship today. My students and I are looking forward to following your journey to the bottom of the world! We are so excited and proud of you!

    • Hola Sra. Soos,

      So glad you’ve had a chance to check out the new additions to A Fly on the Pole. Can’t wait to share this remarkable experience with you (my sister) and your wonderful Spanish students. Please tell everyone from Buckeye Local HS (my alma mater) to have a safe and happy New Year!


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