6 August 2021

#AntarcticLog: Warm in Any Weather 

Posted by Shane Hanlon

#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here

T-shirt weather in the northern hemisphere makes me think about measures taken to endure the extreme environments at the poles. When it comes to staying warm in high winds and low temperatures, #AntarcticLog has it covered. 

Here’s the team from the Bigelow Lab, with whom I traveled to Antarctica on my first trip.  The U.S. Antarctic Program outfits researchers headed for Palmer Station in an array of attire designed to deal with coastal environments and boats where your feet might get wet. 

At McMurdo Station, everybody gets Bunny Boots. Get the story on these here: 

Both Palmer and McMurdo, two of the three U.S. research stations in Antarctica, host scuba divers. Here’s Sabrina Heiser modeling the outfitting she needs to get through a half an hour in Antarctic waters. 

And as for the Arctic?  Don’t forget, it’s a frozen ocean. What if you fall in? Researchers going there train to use insulated “gumby” suits — and even practice falling into the cold, cold sea.

Karen Romano Young is a writer, artist, deep-sea diver, and polar explorer. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram