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February 5, 2016

Water. It’s all around, but it’s bloody hard to drink in Antarctica.

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Because remember, Antarctica is a desert, and a high-altitude desert at that.
Worsley spent part of his journey climbing the Titan Dome, which rises above 10,000 feet. Every minute, you inhale dry-as-bones air, humidify it with moisture in your lungs, and expel that water into the environment. Plus you’re sweating. Tibton estimates that you’d need to drink about six liters a day—which, by the way, you can’t just scoop up from the snow as you walk along. Every drop you drink, you have to gather and melt over your little stove. People Cross Antarctica All the Time. It's Still Crazy Hard | WIRED

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 5, 2016 8:13 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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