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View Poll Results: On a scale of 0-10 how habitable are the Kerguelen Islands?
0 2 6.25%
1 2 6.25%
2 2 6.25%
3 1 3.13%
4 7 21.88%
5 5 15.63%
6 2 6.25%
7 4 12.50%
8 4 12.50%
9 1 3.13%
10 2 6.25%
Voters: 32. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-14-2011, 05:27 PM
 
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Hey all,

The Kerguelen Islands are one of the largest group of islands in the world where there are no permanent inhabitants. The few people who are there are only temporary researchers that come and go with the seasons. I am wondering from your perspective how habitable do you think they really are? Are they that uninhabitable?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port-aux-Francais

The main problem I can see with this place is it is very windy and so remote but otherwise it looks perfectly fine. What are your thoughts?

On a scale of 0-10 how habitable are the Kerguelen Islands? 0 being not habitable at all and 10 being very habitable. I'd give it a 4 out of 10 just because of the mild winters.

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Old 05-14-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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I think it's pretty nice climate to live. I give it 7, not more because of low rainfall and too cold summer.
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Orinda, CA
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4. Too damn windy.
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Buxton, England
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I was thinking of maybe 6 or 7, until I noticed I was thinking the record highs were the average highs. On realising how crap the average highs really are, and how rainy and boring this place is, I have to say it would be a downgrade from Buxton and therefore most uninhabitable especially by anybody who's actually interested in weather. So, 1.
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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Other than the fact it's in the middle of nowhere, it's quite habitable. Weather doesn't look any worse than most of Alaska. I'll give it an 8 on habitability (as long as some supplies were present) and a 2 on desirability.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:18 PM
 
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The temps aren't bad. However, far too rainy and humid. Maybe a 4?
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Katy, Texas
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3. I would never live there though. At least the temperatures are consistent, record low of 17F? That's about the same as what places just south of the Tropic of Cancer in Mexico saw in 1989, of course they don't have sub-polar climates...
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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The link you posted says there are 60 residents in winter, but the population goes up to about 120 in summer. So it certainly is habitable.
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:25 PM
 
Location: New York City
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I was thinking of maybe 6 or 7, until I noticed I was thinking the record highs were the average highs. On realising how crap the average highs really are, and how rainy and boring this place is, I have to say it would be a downgrade from Buxton and therefore most uninhabitable especially by anybody who's actually interested in weather. So, 1.
Yeah. If the record highs were the average highs and the average highs were the average lows, it would have been a very nice climate, actually.

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I think Kerguelen Islands are totally habitable. Temperatures are warmer than in Iceland and just slightly cooler than in Faroe Islands.

Wind is a problem but I'm guessing the are valleys sheltered by mountains that are fairly mild.
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:43 PM
 
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The link you posted says there are 60 residents in winter, but the population goes up to about 120 in summer. So it certainly is habitable.
They aren't actually residents in the true sense of the word though. They are researchers who live there for one or two seasons and then leave and are replaced by others similar in a way to what happens in the Antarctic.
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