In Antarctica watch the heat (and your step)

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By Douglas Fox, 00:00 AM September 8, 2008




The tortures of Antarctica include not only cold, but also heat. I discovered it nearly every morning.


As I woke in my tiny tent, in the middle of a million square miles of ice, I struggled to get my clothes off quickly enough. The thermometer hanging in my tent often read over 30ºC. One time it even said 37ºC!


It shows that part of what keeps Antarctica cold and frozen is its color. Because it is white, it reflects most of its sunlight, and heat, back into space. But our tents were bright...

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