One of the perks of working at the Smithsonian is the amazing people we meet on a daily basis. Michael Lang, the Study Leader for our Antarctica trip, definitely leads the pack. As the Smithsonian Scientific Diving Officer, he directs one of the nation’s largest civilian scientific diving programs. Lang’s fascinating job takes him all over the world, to waters both cold and warm. Here, he talks about dipping into the seas off Antarctica, into an underwater world few might ever experience.
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For many of us, Antarctica is pinnacle of world travel. We hope we’ll get to Antarctica one day, and we hope that it will look as it has for centuries. As we all try to be more aware of living a more environmentally-friendly life focused on saving the Arctic region, it’s easy to forget the continent way down south at the bottom of the world.
But imagine actually living there. For the scientists at the McMurdo Station, Antarctica is their backyard. Established in 1956, it began as an outpost of only a few buildings but has now grown to a large research facility. The Crary Laboratory supports biological, earth science, atmospheric sciences, and a new aquarium, all under one roof. The facility was named for the geophysicist and geologist Albert P. Crary (1911-1987), the first person to set foot on both the North and South Poles.
McMurdo Station is now the largest community in Antarctica with 1200 residents in the summer and 200 in the winter. This video shows both the day to day life and stunning beauty of living on the loneliest continent. For them, this is business as usual. You can read more about our National Zoo’s expedition to Antarctica here, where you can learn about the research team and what their home base is like from those who know it best.
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Travel to Antarctica can be an otherworldly experience. Miles of ice, millions of penguins, and sea life not seen anywhere else. Watch below for a peek into the ultimate adventure.
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There are so many reasons to visit Antarctica—from the marine life that can’t be found anywhere else to the magnificent icebergs of the otherworldly White Continent. Here, check out what makes Antarctica special by watching our expedition video below.
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The name Antarctica is the Roman derivative of the Greek word meaning “opposite to the north.” During the winter months in Antarctica, there are nearly 24 hours of daylight to explore the White Continent’s varied wildlife, including the Adelie penguins pictured above. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice, which averages at least one mile in thickness. There are no permanent human residents, but anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside at the various research stations scattered across the continent throughout the year. Click here to read about the Smithsonian Institution’s contributions to polar research, including the Scientific Diving Program and U.S. Antarctic Meteorite Program.
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