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Ice Sheets Are Walkways and Penguins Come Visiting

It is almost impossible to imagine what working in Antarctica is like. There are a few people who have been there to work and here’s what they have to say

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When we think of Antarctica, we imagine penguins, auroras, ice sheets and glaciers. We rarely ever think of it as a workspace. But, there are many researchers and logistics professionals who go to Antarctica and stay there on government research stations for six months at a stretch. As a workspace, Antarctica is more exciting than anyone could ever dream of. According to Ankitha Reddy, a recent researcher at the Indian Antarctic Expedition, “Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest and most serene workspace. Going through every challenge gives you the learning of a lifetime. The mere sunrises and sunsets are a delight to watch.” For many of us, it may be impossible to imagine what working in Antarctica is like, but here’s a sneak peek.

Working in Antarctica brings out the artist inside you: Living in a serene untouched continent makes you realize that the experience of being there is special. It creates an urge to go back home and explain the wonder of the experience to the rest of the world which has never been to Antarctica. Dr. Madhubala Chinchalkar was selected to go to Antarctica as a medical officer in 2016. Though Dr. Chinchalkar is a doctor by profession, Antarctica brought out the artist in her as she compiled an award-winning documentary, “…And Skua Returned Early”, about her experiences. Other people who are selected to go to Antarctica also tend to find intersections between their work and art. Most of them take photos of their lifetime in Antarctica because they feel like they are experiencing something different. According to Dr. Chinchalkar, “When I went to Antarctica, I was awestruck by the space. I wanted to come back and show everyone what it looked like so I made the documentary.”

Keri Nelson who has been working at the US base in Antarctica started a blog called Simply Antarctica which has images of penguins, birds, glaciers and the aurora in Antarctica. Though Nelson has no professional experience in photography, she started taking images over her time there and growing her photography handle.

Living in Antarctica teaches you to be an effective and versatile leader: The climate in Antarctica is tough to accommodate in. During winter, there is no sunrise for 4 months and the temperatures are as low as -35 to – 45 degrees Celsius. There are blizzards which last for weeks. While researchers are working in these harsh conditions, it teaches them effective skills for leadership which they can apply to other industries when they are back. “I learned to stay calm yet to act fast, to work as a