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This Is What Happens When You Cook In Antarctica At -70°C (Photos)


 
At 14,000,000 square kilometres (5,400,000 square miles), Antarctica is the fifth-largest continent.

For comparison, Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia.

About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.9 km (1.2 mi; 6,200 ft) in thickness.

Cyprien Verseux is a glaciologist and astrobiologist, currently working on the most remote scientific base in the world, Concordia Station in Antarctica.

Even the International Space Station, 400km above the Earth, is closer to civilization than this place, deep in the icy wastes of our most isolated and inhospitable continent.

When not busy collecting samples and doing research, Cyprien keeps a blog to share his experience of living in this extreme environment.


The lack of oxygen and barren, desert landscape make the scientists feel like they are living on another planet.

“It is the coldest area on Earth, with temperatures reaching below -80°C in winter,” he explained.

'Sometimes, we go three months without sun'

“We are currently 13 people. Technicians, scientists, a cook and a medical doctor”




Just for fun, Cyprien decided to go outside and have a go at ‘cooking,’ taking photos of different kinds of foods in the deep freeze.


Frozen noodles.

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Of course, it was just a game, but the gravity-defying pictures vividly illustrate the absolute intensity of the cold down there in Antarctica.

Frozen egg.




Frozen nuttelart and bread.

“We run out of fresh food early in the winter (as we have no resupply from early February to early November), so we eat mostly frozen food”





“In spite of being in an inhospitable desert, Concordia is highly attractive to researchers from different fields such as astronomy and human physiology”

“We are using it to study human adaptation to what is very similar to future conditions of a Moon or Mars base”

“Also, thanks to a project conducted here, we now know that greenhouse gas levels have never been so high in atleast the past 800,000 years”




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