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The Beanster Folk Music in Antarctica? (43) RE: Folk Music in Antarctica? 08 Apr 00


Sounds good in theory but...how are ya at picking on a stringed instrument wearing giant mittens? LOL

I just read a book called "Alone" by Richard Byrd and the cold down there sounds like nothing any of us has ever experienced (except Diesel!) They had to use alcohol in the thermometers because mercury freezes at -38, whereas alcohol will still flow at -179. According to Byrd, at -50 or so, when you exhale, your breath hangs in the air in the form of tiny crystalline droplets and crackles as the wind carries it away. Any exposed skin immediately begins to frostbite and the least bit of exertion makes your lungs burn like fire. Don't mean to scare you, but I think Diesel's words of caution should be taken seriously. It doesn't sound like a walk in the park.

Besides, I hate to rain on the parade but there is major concern over the fact that this last frontier, a truly pristine environment, is being irreparably harmed by tourists and non-essential travelers...


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