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Chronicles from Concordia

Let the work begin!

5 Feb 2019, 15:45 UTC
Let the work begin!
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Dr. Nadja Albertsen is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. She facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. In the following post, Nadja walks us through a day in the life of Concordia.
The difference between being inside and outside in Concordia is almost overwhelming. When you sit in the laboratory, which I have done most of the day today, you quickly forget that you are not in Aalborg, Denmark, – or any other place with chairs, coffee cups and an infinite number of test tubes and pipettes. But a look out the window tells another story. The white landscape seems almost artificial when viewed through a small window with two solid glass panes and a layer of ice at the bottom of the frame between them.
Some of my colleagues are struggling with headaches. Many have symptoms of altitude sickness due to the rapid increase in height of the journey – from 0 meters to 3400 meters. Most people get headaches, become dizzy, nauseous, and breathless, but often get over it in a few days. Altitude sickness can ...

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