How Living at the South Pole Works

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Writing by Sam Denby
Research by Sam Denby and Tristan Purdy
Editing by Alexander Williard
Animation by Josh Sherrington
Sound by Graham Haerther
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  1. Amritpal sidhu
    Amritpal sidhu
    Uur geleden

    Why ice don't melt bcoz of global warming , if northpole is melting why not southpole

  2. Joe Mackey
    Joe Mackey
    2 dagen geleden

    My personal lowest temperature endured is -38 farenheit. It sucked balls, super hard.

  3. Jo Mclean
    Jo Mclean
    3 dagen geleden

    Makes you think ..There is phone booths on the moon ..

  4. Jo Mclean
    Jo Mclean
    3 dagen geleden

    Fresh Water.😋

  5. Jo Mclean
    Jo Mclean
    3 dagen geleden


  6. Steve Davenport
    Steve Davenport
    6 dagen geleden

    I wonder how much of that waste is human waste.

  7. Atapd
    6 dagen geleden

    My teacher recommended this video

  8. Paul Douris
    Paul Douris
    7 dagen geleden

    Jesus is king and our savior repent of sin so you can be saved remember Christ Loves you and he’s coming

  9. Jayaradha Anilkumar
    Jayaradha Anilkumar
    8 dagen geleden


  10. khalid farah
    khalid farah
    8 dagen geleden

    Socks a lot of socks .

  11. Stan Refermat
    Stan Refermat
    10 dagen geleden

    0:18 The Middle East: Am I a joke to you??

  12. foxtailedcritter
    11 dagen geleden

    I'm too broke to vist Antarctica let alone live there. Same with mount Everest I'm too broke to vist. Yet I'm morbidly obsessed and will not stop searching up the weird and isolated locations.

  13. Clalala Tayag
    Clalala Tayag
    13 dagen geleden

    The naive sheet neatly trick because cemetery understandably dare but a vulgar pull. likeable, sick population

  14. DeeJay
    14 dagen geleden

    Skeleton crew, meaning? 🦴

  15. Smaakjeks K
    Smaakjeks K
    17 dagen geleden

    Fun fact: It's tradition in British Antarctic research stations for the crew to watch John Carpenter's 'The Thing' as part of their Midwinter feast and celebration held every June 21st.

  16. Piplup Legends
    Piplup Legends
    17 dagen geleden

    Hi sam

  17. Cpl Hicks
    Cpl Hicks
    18 dagen geleden

    People are probably like their own special operations team. Everyone cross trained to some degree in each others specialty and they would benefit from all being trained paramedics( and extensive combat training in order to deal with The Thing)

  18. Matthew Mara
    Matthew Mara
    19 dagen geleden

    Well, there is no South Pole.

  19. expo1403
    19 dagen geleden

    There’s just a 99.997% chance, according to the CDC, that they would survive COVID. But sure, let’s continue to spread fear and panic

  20. Official comity of time travelers Member 0-13
    Official comity of time travelers Member 0-13
    20 dagen geleden

    It’s all fun and game till 2100

  21. FlatEarth Mic
    FlatEarth Mic
    20 dagen geleden

    Why would any astronomer view the night sky from the earth? If satellites are real then all viewing should be from space and not from the spinning, vibrating, wobbling, orbiting planet with an atmosphere. All things space related consistently has questions that can not be logically answered. Take this video with a grain of common sense.

    1. Illuminist
      7 dagen geleden

      You can't take telescope that large to the space. Larger means higher resolution.

  22. Showdown
    21 dag geleden

    Not even for one day...........................

  23. Ashley Cook
    Ashley Cook
    21 dag geleden

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  24. Reid Rosebrock
    Reid Rosebrock
    21 dag geleden

    This is the second time I've heard this guy say "it's tough to understate" when he meant "it's tough to overstate." Is this a thing like "I could care less" where it doesn't make sense but is in common usage? Not trying to hate, genuinely curious.

  25. Ioniţă Caloian
    Ioniţă Caloian
    23 dagen geleden

    Why is the chick at 13:55 barefoot?

  26. Nicholas Williams
    Nicholas Williams
    25 dagen geleden

    Do you think it would be possible to re-supply via rockets? Or would the weather prevent that as well?

  27. Luke Evans
    Luke Evans
    25 dagen geleden

    Okay who came from r/unexpectedsabaton?

  28. Michael Brady
    Michael Brady
    25 dagen geleden

    I was one of the 42 people who were there for WinterOver 2020. Hell yah'! :) (BTW the videos and pictures of the Pole are very out of date)

  29. RandomReevuze
    25 dagen geleden

    when he said 'american made' i cringed

  30. SmrTiTo
    26 dagen geleden

    i beg to differ. we keep going back because it's really fun. advancing science is just a side perk.

  31. Tom Keiffer
    Tom Keiffer
    27 dagen geleden

    It was 24F yoday

  32. Michael Mulderig
    Michael Mulderig
    28 dagen geleden

    Earth: You can't live here Humans: Bet.

  33. momorain
    Maand geleden

    Us is still using landfills? Are you kidding me? What a fucking joke

  34. Captn Jack
    Captn Jack
    Maand geleden

    I did 4 winters and 2 summers at the South Pole Station. Had no problems whatsoever doing it. Actually miss going there for winters.

  35. Master Caution
    Master Caution
    Maand geleden

    Carries trash thousands of kilometers only to be dumped in a landfill in a third world country lol .... No disrespect to America but my experience is that you guys don’t give a fuck about waste ...

  36. Sambo Rambo
    Sambo Rambo
    Maand geleden

    *1:32** sweet ford econoline*

  37. Ashley Cook
    Ashley Cook
    Maand geleden

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  38. Stephen Houghton
    Stephen Houghton
    Maand geleden

    The staff is neither over weight nor over 65. Fucking follow the science.

  39. jung lee
    jung lee
    Maand geleden

    The lame tabletop critically prevent because need inevitably end notwithstanding a scientific blizzard. makeshift, berserk tuba

  40. Ernest Bywater
    Ernest Bywater
    Maand geleden

    This would've been better if you'd included some information about the other 30 plus Permanent Antarctic Stations, many of which are also manned all year round and are available to provide some limited support to the other stations in an emergency.

  41. Rick Hollass
    Rick Hollass
    Maand geleden

    Ok but.. when will the drilling starts?

  42. Timothy Feist
    Timothy Feist
    Maand geleden

    Seriously? you talk about the issues of the covid-19 at the outpost, but not the age of the people at the outpost? WHY?! When age is one of the two largest things to look at to see how much at risk you are, why did you fail to not talk about it?

  43. Dixon
    Maand geleden

    So where do they poop

  44. Anthony Phung
    Anthony Phung
    Maand geleden

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  45. Steve F
    Steve F
    Maand geleden

    4:30 if they gave me the chance to go to the South Pole, I promise I wouldn’t get THE UNION FLAG UPSIDE DOWN!

  46. Nathan Vidaurri
    Nathan Vidaurri
    Maand geleden


  47. Anthony Phung
    Anthony Phung
    Maand geleden

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  48. millerbeers33
    Maand geleden

    The world is flat their? Correct?😀

  49. i minabrons
    i minabrons
    Maand geleden

    How can basically living in a jail-like environment for 6 months be an adventure? Bragging rights only for this task.

  50. Gibus Edgeless
    Gibus Edgeless
    Maand geleden

    Sounds like an interesting setting for a Danganronpa game.

  51. fr89k
    Maand geleden

    That sounds actually like a lot of fun - at least once in a lifetime...

  52. sTL45oUw
    Maand geleden

    Stop the covid panic! It really makes on the difference if they all get covid when it's only a couple of dozen of people in top physical condition. They probably wouldn't even know.

  53. BaronVonKekatron
    Maand geleden

    these nerds are playing rimworld in the south pole

  54. Jay Bee
    Jay Bee
    Maand geleden

    My comment dated 24-1-2021: Too bad Chile stuffed up and brought Covid to the South Pole.

  55. FusRoDah2
    Maand geleden

    That's one of the reasons I love The Thing from 1982, the sense of isolation and helplessness is unrivaled because of where they are.

  56. Uke Yaoi Trash
    Uke Yaoi Trash
    Maand geleden

    And a bit later there were 36 cases of corona-chan in Antartica... Mission Failed.

  57. Herps85
    Maand geleden

    So stupid that they make you wear a mask there too. They are doing the strictest precautions and still cant even come up with logical science.

  58. J M
    J M
    Maand geleden

    Alright, I'm ready for my tourist trip.

  59. theoneanton
    Maand geleden

    For a moment I thought you were talking about the Halley base

  60. Saggit
    Maand geleden

    ISS is only 400 km away from Earth. South pole is thousands of kilometers away from most people.

  61. Saggit
    Maand geleden

    How much better is it to have a telescope in space vs on the south pole?

  62. Brooklyn Nets
    Brooklyn Nets
    Maand geleden

    Mans speaks likes hes got a list of transition words in front of him

  63. NiagaraWarrior
    Maand geleden

    I got to say, once you get over the unusual speech pattern, this is hands down, one of, the best youtube, channels. Seriously, great job.

  64. Robert Andrews
    Robert Andrews
    Maand geleden

    It would be pretty selfish to accept a flight crew to try to come save you. I would not allow them to try a rescue on me unless the conditions were good for flight.

  65. Robert Andrews
    Robert Andrews
    Maand geleden

    While most people want to live on a beach with constant 90 degree temps, I am a strange one that loves cold weather. I would love to visit Antarctica but it would probably cost quite a bit if your not going for a job.

  66. tenzo
    Maand geleden

    Great video. Thank you.

  67. era _
    era _
    Maand geleden

    Antartica people first time communicating after 9 months: So how has earth been? Outside person: Dude you wont even want to know

  68. Sanjay Barua
    Sanjay Barua
    Maand geleden

    Exactly after a month later this video was uploaded, COVID has reached Antartica after 36 Chileans fall ill at the research centre.

  69. Daisy Hodzen
    Daisy Hodzen
    Maand geleden

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    Maand geleden

    A flat-earther told me that NOBODY has been, or, can go to Antarctica. Sooo...this video can't be real. It has to be all fake, or CGI, or something!!🙄🤦

    1. Khu NoPie
      Khu NoPie
      Maand geleden

      we are all flat earthers son. it is the nature of our realm. deny it all you want or get WOKE

  71. Ephraim Raj
    Ephraim Raj
    Maand geleden

    7:40 Starlink is going to launch polar too, so that will be a game changer

  72. Snow Boi
    Snow Boi
    Maand geleden

    Pack your bags boys we're moving

  73. Max Sharko
    Max Sharko
    Maand geleden

    1:52 russian flag on american station?

    1. Jim Sagubigula
      Jim Sagubigula
      Maand geleden

      It is american, look better.

  74. Joshua Timmerbäck
    Joshua Timmerbäck
    Maand geleden


  75. Gaming, music and jokes! *and a bit of cooking*
    Gaming, music and jokes! *and a bit of cooking*
    Maand geleden

    6:17 "Ouch health" I think the full thing is in touch health :-)

  76. Eric Yang
    Eric Yang
    Maand geleden

    Sad to think that people in the south pole have better internet then me.

  77. Yufeng yan
    Yufeng yan
    Maand geleden

  78. Leon Pozo
    Leon Pozo
    Maand geleden

    The social distancing is imposable at my stupid warm dry job.

  79. Matěj Cingálek
    Matěj Cingálek
    Maand geleden

    I'm proud that we, Czech Republic, could help with the research and that we hlavě our polar stations too. And I see that it is about prestige too. :)

  80. can can
    can can
    Maand geleden

    US: Antarctica is great for science but too bad you can only get there by air Russia: haha kharkovchankas go brum brum

  81. Brian Russell
    Brian Russell
    Maand geleden

    all hail the algorithm

  82. Cat Prevette
    Cat Prevette
    Maand geleden

    I’ve seen depictions of the mental and emotional challenges of living in Antarctica somewhere. How would I find reports of this research and where? ❤️😀🇨🇦🥳🌷

  83. Gloria The Animator
    Gloria The Animator
    2 maanden geleden

    too bad they got corona now,

  84. Daniel Lippens
    Daniel Lippens
    2 maanden geleden


    1. 3reetop
      2 maanden geleden


    2. Richard van Rens
      Richard van Rens
      2 maanden geleden


  85. Ishan Pednekar
    Ishan Pednekar
    2 maanden geleden

    I am gonna build 4 cities together capable of housing 100000 people at the south pole

  86. TNTFragz
    2 maanden geleden

    "If the virus took hold in the winter season" welp it already did

  87. Nathan Van Pelt
    Nathan Van Pelt
    2 maanden geleden

    lol -12s nothin bud

  88. Royal
    2 maanden geleden

    0:28 That’s shorts weather what are you taking about.

  89. Europa Europa
    Europa Europa
    2 maanden geleden

    Coldest on Antarctica is -117 F. And the alarmist say it's melting. How stupid do they think people are? And no, liquid water is not melting it. That's another BS theory to promote their flawed agenda.

  90. Alan Light
    Alan Light
    2 maanden geleden

    1:11 - the elevation is about 9300 feet, but the atmosphere is thinner at the poles so the air is about as thin as it would be at 10,500 feet at the equator.

  91. Jonathan Wilson
    Jonathan Wilson
    2 maanden geleden

    9:10 Who the Frick brought there standard bicycle, you can’t ride it in the snow, the tires are way too thin, I doubt there’s a place for you to ride indoors. Just why????

    1. Jonathan Wilson
      Jonathan Wilson
      2 maanden geleden

      @Alan Light Interesting, I’d still imagine a fat bike being easier when over snow

    2. Alan Light
      Alan Light
      2 maanden geleden

      The firn is NOT soft. It's kind of difficult to describe, but even though it's about as light as styrofoam it's pretty stiff. Riding a bicycle during the summer months shouldn't be a problem at all, though the usual mode of transport are snowmobiles pulling (usually plastic) sleds.

  92. j-theory the quantum mechanic
    j-theory the quantum mechanic
    2 maanden geleden

    2021 update, Rona got to Antarctica..

  93. Eric Pham
    Eric Pham
    2 maanden geleden

    I believe if we build foundation on top of hydraulic reservoirs so it could 1 generate fuel less electrical power to supply the sun control emission, second it help generate extra power for gravitational shield to keep comfortable living habitat. If the weight of the building pressurized a two layer reservoirs of air and fluid then you chanel fluid to drive hydraulic motor to run generator then return to the air portion of the reservoirs and it run forever as long as the building has weight then the radio telescope would point emission to control sun level of emission and earth life energy to control crop yield of entire earth then it also use moon as mirror to perform world wide internet laser communication station that connect the world then it also control earth climate and ocean current by regulating the south pole temperature

  94. Zegnar
    2 maanden geleden

    Pokemon GO to the Poles!

  95. Isaac Siao
    Isaac Siao
    2 maanden geleden

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  96. GunQuickie
    2 maanden geleden

    How many people you think got preggo at the south pole?

  97. Derrick McAdoo
    Derrick McAdoo
    2 maanden geleden

    9:09 Where the hell are you suppose to use that bike ?

  98. Vardhan
    2 maanden geleden

    It's not covid-19 free now

  99. Vardhan
    2 maanden geleden

    Antarctica is probably owned by USA

    1. Vardhan
      2 maanden geleden

      @3reetop tbh no one cares about treaties anymore.... Bodies like UNSC had failed to do anything

    2. 3reetop
      2 maanden geleden

      actually no, i believe international law and treaties forbids countries from claiming ownership of any part of antarctica

  100. Erika Noll
    Erika Noll
    2 maanden geleden

    If the effects of one single snow machine has that much consequence what is it saying about the rest of the world and what’s ok. Can that be true? Plus why were those catholic mercenaries allowed to create cities anyone in similar places in Alaska where they mistook fish camps and villages and erected churches there and now the us has to supplement financially