Ice and Medicine at the end of the earth

1. What is your Antarctic Question?

Please type your question in the comment section below.  I will update this page with the question and answer.  Thank for joining in this journey with me!

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15 responses

  1. From AFSA students!

    I showed my classes your adventure thus far and they already have a couple of questions for you!

    What kind of TV stations do you get? Cable? X

    What is your normal day like? (maybe it’s too soon to know!) X

    How long does it take to get frost bite? X

    How good is the Extreme Cold Weather Gear? Does it keep you warm? X

    Are there penguins running around like deer do in Minnesota? X

    What are some medical concerns for extremely cold weather? X

    There are a lot of questions! Answer what you want and what you can. I will share the blog with classes as you update! Hope you are having a great first day on the job!

    -Jim

    September 27, 2010 at 9:09 AM

  2. Questions from AFSA’s Intro to Biology

    Carter wants to know what the food is like? Do you eat astronaut food? X

    Jamier would like to know if there are ANY animals? X

    Tim would like to know what the town sounds like? Is it normal or totally weird? X

    Carter also want to know who is running the show? Who is in charge? Is there a government? X

    Callie wants to know what your dorm is like? X

    Jenna wants to know if you can go ski or snowboarding, maybe even kite flying? X

    Hanna wants to know what you miss most about being at home. X

    Have fun and stay warm. All my students say hi!! X

    -Jim

    October 5, 2010 at 3:33 AM

  3. Hi Jessie,

    Here is a fresh batch of questions from my Intro to Bio class.

    Wynston and Callie want to know – How cumbersome is all that cold weather gear? Do you feel like the kid from the hit movie The Christmas Story? X

    Laronne want to know – ARe there any ‘urban legends’ that are associated with the base? Ghost stories or other legends? X

    Are you going Trick or Treating? X

    What happens if the power goes out? How do you get electricity? X

    Talk to you soon! Stay warm!

    -Jim

    October 27, 2010 at 3:49 AM

  4. Hi Jessie,

    Here is a new batch of questions! Had dinner with TJ last night!

    Jamier would like to know if they have found fossils in Antarctica? X

    Eric would like to know what the most extreme weather is down there. Hot and cold. Windy? (He also says ‘hi’) X

    Michelle wants to know if you sleeping patterns have changed since the sun doesn’t set anymore? How does that affect your daily routine? X

    Callie wants to know why you wanted to be a doctor in Antarctica, why not just stay in Seattle? X

    Have fun and stay warm!!

    -Jim

    November 9, 2010 at 4:38 AM

  5. Here is the latest batch of questions.

    Tim would like to know if there is a library at McMurdo? Do you have to bring your own or what do you use for reference? X

    Brett would like to know what the food is like? Is it cafeteria food or do you have an opportunity to make your own food? X

    Eric would like to know what happens if someone falls through the ice? What happens to trauma patients? X

    Jenna would like to know what kinds of seals are found around McMurdo? X

    Jamier would like to know if you can go fishing? Are there any edible fish available to catch? X

    Jake would like to know what is the most common illness or condition that you see at the clinic. X

    Colette does not say ‘hi’, but everyone else does.

    Stay warm,

    -Jim
    P.S. Colette really does say ‘hi’.

    November 16, 2010 at 4:33 AM

  6. Hi Jessie,

    I hope you have a great trip back down. The kids are excited for more posts of your adventure.

    Here are some more questions.

    Carter would like to know what kind of currency is used? Is there a bank? How do you pay for stuff? X

    Jamier would like to know if there has ever been any catastrophes in Antarctica (maybe not while you were there but in the past). X

    Callie wants to know if you miss being away from Antarctica despite the terms you had to leave. X

    Thanks!

    -Jim

    November 30, 2010 at 4:53 AM

  7. Hi Jessie,

    From my first block biology class (first time viewers)

    Noah and Emmett would like to know what the most dangerous thing that has happened to you. When were you most scared? What was your least favorite experience? X

    Haller would like to know how thick the ice is in the summer. X

    Tim would like to know what has been your most favorite experience thus far. X

    Becca would like to know what TJ thinks about global climate change. What does the ice really say? How do we know? X

    December 15, 2010 at 3:36 AM

  8. Hi Jessie,

    5th Block class (First time viewers)

    Ali would like to know how the ocean freezes if it has salt in it. X

    Dyneon would like to know why TJ will have to work in a freezer if it is already super cold out! X

    Christian would like to know how long it takes to drill a core sample all the way to the bottom. X

    Thanks!

    I’ll get you the responses to the color of ice question by Friday.

    -Jim

    December 15, 2010 at 9:03 AM

  9. Hi Jessie,

    Here are some questions from my 1st block class.

    Tim would like to know what the population of McMurdo is this time of year. What does the population demographic look like? Is it all scientists? X

    Kevin would like to know how many other bases are on the continent. How many different organizations are represented at McMurdo? X

    Keon’Tis would like to know where you get your drinking water. Do you melt ice? X

    Jeremiah would like to know how much exposed land is available on the continent and how much is covered in ice? X

    Thanks,

    -Jim

    January 4, 2011 at 3:55 AM

  10. Hi Jessie,

    Here are some questions from the 2nd block class.

    Eric would like to know how the ice core drills work. How do they drill a hole and get the core out? X

    Jamier would like to know if there are any sports teams at McMurdo (maybe a hockey team?). X

    Griffin would like to know if there are radio stations, and if so what is the most popular genre of music X
    Thanks!!

    -Jim

    January 4, 2011 at 5:05 AM

  11. Hi Jessie and TJ!

    1st Block
    Tim would like to know what is underneath all that ice. Is there water? Land? or maybe even an ancient world full of dinosaurs and palm trees? X

    2nd Block
    Jenna, LaRonne, and Eric would like to know if Mt. Erebus is active. What kind of volcano is it? When will it erupt next? What do you guys have to do if it does erupt? When did it last erupt? X

    Carter would like to know if anyone has been born on Antarctica. X

    5th Block

    David would like to know what are the requirements to work in Antarctica. Who do you have to talk to? X

    Cedric would like to know how the drilling is going. X

    David would like to know if there are any “fast food” options, maybe a Dairy Queen? Do you have Mountain Dew?

    Ian wants to know if there have been any celebrities that have visited? (Maybe The Situation or Ke$ha, you know important people, real celebrities)

    Thanks for your responses!!

    -Jim

    January 11, 2011 at 9:12 AM

  12. Christopher Sours

    I applied for a position at mcmurdo and I was curious if it is supported with internet at all. Would it be possible to take online courses from mcmurdo? Thanks for your time and hope to end up down there! Have a good day!

    July 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    • Yes, Internet is supported. You will work long hours and a six day work week. Taking classes with this schedule would be hard. Internet is also slow, not wifi and unpredictable. At South Pole, it depends on the satellites.

      December 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

  13. Maria Morrison

    Is it possible for dialysis patients to visit the Antarctica?

    December 21, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    • I do not think so. There is no way to provide dialysis on this continent

      December 22, 2014 at 7:29 AM

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