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Old 12-16-2011, 06:57 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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It would be more reasonable to have people living in the vast expanses of the subarctic in North America, Europe, and Asia than it would be to have people live down in Antarctica. The amount of energy and resources that would be needed to sustain a real Antarctic city would be enormous.

Really though, if we lived in giant dense megacities and everything was well planned out like some neo-tokyos all over the world, we wouldn't really run out of space for a really long time or resources because of the large amount of shared amenities.
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Altoona, PA
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Screw that, it's cold enough here in Massachusetts!
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Most of Antarctica is uninhabitable for humans for the most part.

It's not possible to grow anything, no crops, no trees, incredibly high altitude all over the Continent meaning breathing is difficult. Windchill is lethal. It's very dry and constantly windy.

Coastal parts of Antarctica could be okay for permanent human habitation, with temperatures above freezing in the summer, with temperature similar to parts of northern Canada, but it is completely different from say Canada, Antarctica is just another world of cold..
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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No mosquitoes! Though there are a few other insects there.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:48 AM
 
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Cool so do you believe

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Most of Antarctica is uninhabitable for humans for the most part.

It's not possible to grow anything, no crops, no trees, incredibly high altitude all over the Continent meaning breathing is difficult. Windchill is lethal. It's very dry and constantly windy.

Coastal parts of Antarctica could be okay for permanent human habitation, with temperatures above freezing in the summer, with temperature similar to parts of northern Canada, but it is completely different from say Canada, Antarctica is just another world of cold..
...that other planets in the solar system or out of it are more inhabitable than Antarcica ?
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Another link of people living there permanently. Tons of photos outside even shirtless:

Viviendo en la Antártida Argentina - Fotos Propias. - Taringa!
Nice pics, Sophie. It's true some people live there, ¿permanently?

Anyway, I think the difference between Antarctica (even in the coastal regions) and Northern Canada, Alaska and Siberia, for the most part of these regions, is that in Antarctica, the warmest summer you can get is like a New York City winter, which is not the case with Northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, etc.

Many people are willing to endure very long periods of harsh cold weather provided they receive at least one or two months of "room temperature" weather. Even Verkhojansk, which is one of the coldest towns in Siberia, has a quite warm summer if we take into account its winter.

Verkhoyansk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

January -42.7 C / -48.9 C
July 23.1 C / 8.8 C

Compare with Esperanza Base, which is on the north edge of Antarctica:

January: 3 C / -2 C
July: -7 C / -15 C
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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"Antardida Argentina" is a fiction since 1959 - International Geophysical year, when all territorial revendications on the continent where "frozen" (not a gimmick) for an indeterminate period of time, allowing only scientific bases from the countries that have the will and the means to establish such. The chilean and argentinian "cities" and military detachments on the northern tip of the continent are thus ILLEGAL!
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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"Antardida Argentina" is a fiction since 1959 - International Geophysical year, when all territorial revendications on the continent where "frozen" (not a gimmick) for an indeterminate period of time, allowing only scientific bases from the countries that have the will and the means to establish such. The chilean and argentinian "cities" and military detachments on the northern tip of the continent are thus ILLEGAL!
I'm not an expert on this matter, but what you say strikes me as odd. There are other countries with bases on Antarctica, and they are generally referred to as "British Antarctica", "Australian Antarctica", etc, just for useful purposes. So it does not mean that those territories belong to each country, but just that they have bases there, and of course the denominations may probably stem from times prior to the Antarctic Treaty. So, for practical purposes they are still being used to refer to those territories, which in fact is a bit problematic, because the territories "claimed" at the beginning by each country overlap in certain portions (sometimes large portions of land).

In any case, if Argentina is making somtehing illegally, it seems that the other countries don't consider it so, given that since 2004 the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat headquarters have been located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:51 PM
 
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In the next century, with 15 bn. inhabitants on Earth and little available room left, it seems unavoidable that Antarcica will be inhabited by Man - much easier than trying to colonize Planets X lightyears from here!
There will still be room. With the current population, the whole world's population could fit into Texas and every person would have 1,000 sq feet to themselves. That's the size of a decent-sized American home, for every single person on Earth. The planet has enough room...
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Yes I know its cold but so is Cananda, Alaska, Russia, Iceland, Greenland, etc!
Im not saying live near the south pole, too cold but perhaps near the ocean where summers are above freezing and winters are probably similar to north Alaska?
I hear houses there are more expensive than Oil City, PA.
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