Great infographic today thanks to the US Coast Guard – a comprehensive review of the world’s major icebreakers. My next task, sail on all of them! From the United States Naval Institute: “The Coast Guard Office of Waterways and Ocean Policy (CG-WWM) began producing the chart of major icebreakers of the world in July 2010. Since then, we have gathered icebreaker information and recommendations from a variety of sources and experts, including icebreaker subject-matter experts, internet posts, news updates, Arctic experts and Coast Guard offices with icebreaker equities. We validate our information within the public forum and update the chart at least semi-annually based on new information and feedback. This chart represents the Coast Guard’s current factual understanding of the major icebreaker fleet. This chart is not intended for icebreaker fleet comparisons and no inference should be drawn regarding a country’s icebreaker “ranking” against another.” U.S. Coast Guard's 2013 Review of Major Icebreakers of the World | USNI News.
NASA recently revealed that a spot in Antarctica just hit a record -135.3 degrees F below zero – that’s cold! In my time at the south pole, the coldest I experienced was -60F – not even close to the record. Fron NBC News: Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the new record is “50 degrees colder than anything that has ever been seen in Alaska or Siberia or certainly North Dakota.” “It’s more like you’d see on Mars on a nice summer day in the poles,” Scambos said, from the American Geophysical Union scientific meeting in San Francisco Monday, where he announced the data. “I’m confident that these pockets are the coldest places on Earth.” Here’s a quick explainer video. Me in the South Pole Ice Tunnels
Last Austral Summer, I spent 3.5 months living at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica. Among my many jobs on station, one of the most rewarding was the work I did with the Askaryan Radio Array drill and deployment teams. During my time working with the ARA, I got to spend some good time with Scientist Terry Benson. Here’s his excellent slide deck going over the science he’s working on at the South Pole, including details of the ARA Drill Rig I helped construct and test. Specifically, I helped construct the water tank overflow gutter, wired up the emergency stop switches, troubleshoot the main pump system, maintained the hose bindings, and tended to the drill as it operated. Innovations in Hot Water Drilling at the South Pole
So, you want to live and work in Antarctica? Sounds good! I lived and worked at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station during the 2012-2013 Summer season. Getting my position down on the ice was no easy task, and took a solid four and a half years of effort. Here’s how I did it, along with all of the resources I used. My first bit of advice would be to read through the documentation of my experiences, which will give you a good idea of what it takes, and will answer a lot of your questions. How I got a job in Antarctica. It wasn’t easy, and took me many years of effort. However in the end, every bit of time and energy I put into it was absolutely worth it. Here’s my personal story: Getting A Job In Antarctica: My Long Journey 2009-2012 What it’s like to work there. Now that you know what I went through to get a job at the South Pole, here’s my incredible experience acutually living and workign at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. It really was amazing, and I did my best to document every aspect of it, including travel to and from. Living and Working at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica, Summer 2012-2013 And here’s my video playlist of all videos from the ice. This includes a full 30 minute tour of the South Pole Station. Where to find job postings. Jobs on the ice are run by a number of different organizations, including organizations on both the science side and the support side. Here are a few of the larger hiring organizations. Note that this is a shortened copy of Bill Spindler’s list. This is the version of the list updated by Bill on 20131015. Cool Antarctica also has a job resource page. Lockheed Martin (L-M) Program Management and Integration, Site Management, Functional Area Leadership, Technical Management & Administration (TM&A), Science and Technical Project Services (S&TPS), Information Technology and Communications (IT&C), Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) and Transportation and Logistics (T&L): PAE Government Services, Inc (PAE): Infrastructure and Operations (I&O), Transportation and Logistics (T&L): GHG Corporation On-site Information Technology and Communications (IT&C): University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB): Medical Services: Best Recycling: Waste Management and Recycling: Gana-A’Yoo Services Corporation (GSC, partnered with ESS Support Services): Food Services, Housing & Janitorial Services, Retail & Postal Services Answers to most of your questions. Here are answers to some of the questions I’ve been asked about working in Antarctica. Hopefully these will help you too. Frequently Asked Questions about life at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica Frequently Asked Questions About Getting A Job In Antarctica: I understand from your writings that March is the best time to apply. Are there any other hot spots for applications during the year? March is the best time to apply for Summer positions, however jobs are posted throughout the year. It’s best to keep checking back on a regular basis. Is applying in bulk really the best strategy? Applying …