The Antarctic continent - picture 51 of 60
© by Alexander Gerst 2002
The Polar Plateau.
On this day the temperature lies at around -45°C, combined with a wind speed of around 60 km/h. This adds up to a felt wind-chill temperature of below -100°C. For this reason the scientists put up a Scott tent above the seismic station to protect themselves from the icy wind. The tents, which are named after the Antarctic explorer R.F. Scott have proven to be very reliable in Antarctic conditions. Thus they are made the same way, and from the same materials today as when Scott used them himself at the start of the last century.
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