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13 February 2019

Population of Antarctica

Antarctica—0.00008 people per sq. km! McMurdo is by far the largest community on Antarctica with 1200 people in the summer and 250 in the winter. It’s located at the southernmost ice pack-free point on the continent. King George Island is home to a dozen smaller stations whose populations add up. In many cases the stations are so close to one another that they are basically one community (e.g. Fildes Peninsula). I learned about Antarctic oases, areas that are inexplicably free of ice and snow. Looks a lot like Death Valley, only 120º F colder: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_oasis …

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