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.
It has just dawned on me that I have not experienced rain for sometime. If you must name a place where the sun always shines and the sky is always blue, it is Concordia – at least in the summer.
So far one of the best conversations at dinner was about there having been clouds! (Imagine that, Danes!) The highest temperature so far is –25.9°C, in other words a quiet summer. But it can still be difficult to assess whether the red spots on people’s faces are sunburn or frostbite. It’s usually the latter.
Clouds, wind and sun aside, water is vital to our existence. Also in Antarctica. We must bathe every so often, wash our clothes, and of course, coffee can’t be brewed using beer.
You might think that the cold outdoors provides some level of sterilisation (like putting lice-infested blankets in a freezer), but ...