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Old 11-30-2019, 07:13 AM
 
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We know that Antarctica is too cold and ice covered for permanent human habitation, however why can’t we inhabit it in a huge warm dome where we can grow crops in the permanent light spring and summer and store them in winter?
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Old 11-30-2019, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Wouldn't the ice simply melt if it wasn't kept at feeezing inside the dome.
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Old 11-30-2019, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Siena,Tuscany,Italy
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I don't think human can suit the climate.
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Old 11-30-2019, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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The world has agreed to keep Antarctica unpopulated set aside as a scientific preserve. Granted not everyone has signed the treaty, but most of the major countries have.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_Treaty_System
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Old 11-30-2019, 11:19 AM
 
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We know that Antarctica is too cold and ice covered for permanent human habitation, however why can’t we inhabit it in a huge warm dome where we can grow crops in the permanent light spring and summer and store them in winter?
We can, but to what purpose? Man isn't meant to live in a dome and such a dome in Antarctica would require enormous resources to maintain.
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Old 11-30-2019, 11:47 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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It's not as simple as building a huge greenhouse. For one, the temperature and weather outside would make maintaining it impossible. Ice would quickly form on it and it would require full-time maintenance in a climate humans are not evolved to be in. Secondly, even if you overcome that, the warmth created would soon melt the permafrost beneath the surface which would cause the ground to sink and buckle compromising the structure and integrity of the dome and everything in and around it.
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Old 11-30-2019, 12:26 PM
 
Location: In transition
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In my opinion, humans should not live anywhere with permafrost. So no, building domed colonies in Antarctica is a bad idea.
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Old 11-30-2019, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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In my opinion, humans should not live anywhere with permafrost. So no, building domed colonies in Antarctica is a bad idea.
over 300k people manage to live in Yakutsk and the city continues to grow, so if its possible why not?

https://www.google.com/maps/@62.0309...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 11-30-2019, 02:48 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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over 300k people manage to live in Yakutsk and the city continues to grow, so if its possible why not?

https://www.google.com/maps/@62.0309...7i13312!8i6656
Because Antarctica is significantly colder, more isolated, lacks the major infrastructure support that type of living establishment and logistically is the hardest location on the planet for transportation of goods.

You quite literally can't travel let alone fly or ship goods/resourse into the continent for half the year
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Old 11-30-2019, 02:55 PM
 
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I imagine its technically possible, but to what end? It would be expensive for no good purpose. We waste lot farmland with willy nilly suburbs and despoil potable water in more temperate regions. Antarctica has no resources that would justify colonizing it. Taking care of agricultural productive areas in more temperate climate makes lot more sense. I think there is an island near Antarctica with remains of town that supported whaling fleets back in era when whaling was a big industry. It had a purpose at time, now it doesnt.
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