How Living at the South Pole Works

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Writing by Sam Denby
Research by Sam Denby and Tristan Purdy
Editing by Alexander Williard
Animation by Josh Sherrington
Sound by Graham Haerther
Thumbnail by Simon Buckmaster

Select footage courtesy the AP Archive


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  1. Time Traveler

    Time Traveler3 kun oldin

    Training to survive and adapt in a self-sufficient South Pole shelter on a hostile frozen land is a good start before it leaps forward to Saturn's Moon Titan for the self-sufficient human colony in a near future. Adapt or die! 👍🤠👍

  2. Joey Nebulous

    Joey Nebulous3 kun oldin

    Oh here we go, more political propaganda about covid. Mask mandates in the most remote part of the world? Claiming that they're at risk despite covid having a 99.97%+ survival rate for the majority of people. Heck if these people are in best health they'll probably have a 99.9999%+ chance of survival. You're having a laugh aren't you?

  3. SeaJay Oceans

    SeaJay Oceans3 kun oldin

    13:27 "Spending the vast majority of the year indoors, in a single building, with a small number of people... " Gamerz be like, " Ah, ya ? So ? "

  4. Brandon Dunn

    Brandon Dunn5 kun oldin

    Sounds like the south pole needs starlinks internet....

  5. Fixit

    Fixit5 kun oldin

    Ah, so my internet is slower than the Antarctic base.

  6. purplerabbit

    purplerabbit5 kun oldin

    No one ever thought of placing a full-time hooker there? I mean common....

  7. jo mamma

    jo mamma8 kun oldin

    Bullshit on the waste. Some of the waste is flown out, most is packed up on berms by the end of the world. 3/4 or more stays. USAP pockets the taxpayer money. Don't let this guy twist your head up with lies.

  8. Salim Choudhry

    Salim Choudhry9 kun oldin

    I find vry interesting,

  9. Mike Rage

    Mike Rage12 kun oldin

    Sad thing is when the worlds over populated probably have some land developer trying to build condos there lol

  10. Sam

    Sam14 kun oldin


  11. Matt Crosby

    Matt Crosby15 kun oldin

    A mask mandate at the South Pole is possibly the most unscientific thing I've ever heard of.

  12. MrBigrobmjca3

    MrBigrobmjca318 kun oldin

    I know I’m weird, but this narrator’s perfect spoken English sounds so unnatural. (Worked in radio)

  13. Fin Mueller

    Fin Mueller18 kun oldin

    Put 4 sats set in equal distance in a pole orbit, done

  14. jahqede potomho

    jahqede potomho21 kun oldin

    The married paste accidentally enter because bench namely terrify down a heavenly heavy hellish partridge. vengeful, descriptive bangle

  15. Joey Nebulous

    Joey Nebulous3 kun oldin

    Why are there so many of these weird comments in the Most Recent Comments section

  16. Creative 8D

    Creative 8D22 kun oldin

    *but everything changed when the fire nation attacked*

  17. Dwithun Narzary

    Dwithun Narzary26 kun oldin

    I wouldn't mind working their years around, i love isolated

  18. tochieon6dolil khadija rafeja

    tochieon6dolil khadija rafeja28 kun oldin

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  19. Alistair Xu

    Alistair XuOy oldin

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  20. Jack Ford

    Jack FordOy oldin

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  21. Giada Francisca

    Giada FranciscaOy oldin

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  22. corenik ch

    corenik chOy oldin

    extreme isolation? not a problem. been in my house for a year now but i definitely cant stand the cold

  23. Torben Møller

    Torben MøllerOy oldin

    275 mbit/s = 0.275 bit/s. Now that is not a lot 🤔😉 I guess should have benn 275Mbit/s.

  24. Nature

    NatureOy oldin

    How is -12° «absolutely unbearable»

  25. FaffyWaffles

    FaffyWafflesOy oldin

    Its all fun and games until a weird husky shows up

  26. DestinyCreator

    DestinyCreatorOy oldin

    Me as a midwesterner with -35 degree wind chills (F) in the winter and hearing it gets to a balmy 10 degrees in south pole and thinking hmmm thats not that bad, "most places would find this UNBEARABLE"... hmm maybe i need to move lol

  27. headachehealer

    headachehealerOy oldin

    Would love to see more of the aurora . Reminds me of green plasma

  28. Tenner

    TennerOy oldin

    after covid, and staying at home for almost a year and a half, 3-6 months of semi isolation is childs play

  29. Mark Hallewell

    Mark HallewellOy oldin

    In the event of a nuclear war these Antarctica inhabitants could be the only survivors left on planet earth.

  30. Voffka

    VoffkaOy oldin

    6:44 - Kyiv, Ukraine?

  31. Llewyn Wrynn

    Llewyn WrynnOy oldin

    Thanks to Communist party of China life became harder

  32. Tristezza Lamento Luciano

    Tristezza Lamento LucianoOy oldin

    I want to go so bad

  33. Lington Jalong

    Lington JalongOy oldin

    It is more like a moon story...something might be hide from us human..

  34. 제규형

    제규형Oy oldin

    I wonder what people thought when they saw the South Pole for the first time. I'm pretty sure it wasn't 'This place looks like a great place to live. Let's settle down here like the Britains did on America'. Thanks for the interesting video.

  35. Engelton182

    Engelton1822 oy oldin


  36. Smashmund

    Smashmund2 oy oldin

    So this channel is just a guy talking over stock footage?.....

  37. Dirk Tween

    Dirk Tween2 oy oldin

    Unbearable temperatires ? -10°f or -23c -40°f or -40c -55°f or -48c All are known, in much of the world. Possimly omly difference: the knowledge that warmer temperatures, are coming !

  38. Tate Simonson

    Tate Simonson2 oy oldin

    I agree but if you make important business decisions based soley off of the email domain like “” your not making wise decisions

  39. Dennis Hui

    Dennis Hui2 oy oldin

    Can starlink helps with their internet?

  40. Nathan Suka

    Nathan Suka2 oy oldin

    The thing that will kill me at the south pole: lack of internet connection.

  41. This & That

    This & That2 oy oldin

    Absolutely love your videos but your speaking style is so hard to listen to. Why can’t you just talk normally?

  42. frank peluso

    frank peluso2 oy oldin

    I hope they have a brothel

  43. iTzSchneider

    iTzSchneider2 oy oldin


  44. Storage Gaming roblox

    Storage Gaming roblox2 oy oldin

    19:30 hmm where have I heard that before.. HMMMM

  45. ZeeZia

    ZeeZia2 oy oldin

    Do people think -12 celcius is unbearable...? Thefuck

  46. J Z

    J Z2 oy oldin

    These are the people we should send to Mars!

  47. Penn Ryan

    Penn Ryan2 oy oldin

    I keep coming bak to this one. can''t getenough

  48. Kai Hong

    Kai Hong2 oy oldin

    And then a month after this video was posted Antarctica reported 36 cases. And then 58.

  49. Anime Yahallo Studio

    Anime Yahallo Studio2 oy oldin

    Parents: eat your veggies!! Me: 4:04

  50. Marcus .Danc3

    Marcus .Danc32 oy oldin

    That's humans for you 😂, we not supposed to be there BUT we managed to be there.

  51. Trishita Gautam

    Trishita Gautam2 oy oldin

    The tame risk opportunely receive because flat concordingly examine on a glossy hub. flaky, murky growth

  52. IYeet dog

    IYeet dog2 oy oldin

    Where are the witty jokes? On wait, wrong channel

  53. Dank Mematodes

    Dank Mematodes2 oy oldin

    And they still got faster internet than me

  54. Vo Quang Minh

    Vo Quang Minh2 oy oldin

    The complex mass orly attempt because floor firstly steer pro a solid columnist. calculating, noiseless damage

  55. flekky

    flekky2 oy oldin

    I came from the girl on tiktok

  56. Christina Pinedo

    Christina Pinedo2 oy oldin

    Who else is here after watching the viral TilTok video of the girl living in the South Pole for science lol

  57. flekky

    flekky2 oy oldin

    Me lmaoo

  58. Gerardo Sabillon

    Gerardo Sabillon2 oy oldin

    Im subscribing!

  59. Henry Schmale

    Henry Schmale2 oy oldin

    How did you get the connectivity details?

  60. John F

    John F3 oy oldin

    They are making people in Antarctica wear masks 😆😆 wow liberals will just not stop

  61. Bloodyblase

    Bloodyblase3 oy oldin


  62. ZEN TANGO Oscar Wright

    ZEN TANGO Oscar Wright3 oy oldin

    the content is good but the narration of the video is not good and not appropriate....the voice is not good and there is a sense of SENSATIONALIZATION to increase viewership - you should have employed a British narrator with a sense of maturity, moderation and credibility !!

  63. ResidentFelon

    ResidentFelon3 oy oldin

    Billions of light years away lol nice one

  64. Chris KRonik

    Chris KRonik3 oy oldin

    I wonder how the heat that structure. Electric baseboard I’d imagine would make the most sense. Maybe not?

  65. Chris KRonik

    Chris KRonik3 oy oldin

    This stuff is so interesting. Love it!



    How do they transport fuel for the station?

  67. yunas saxer

    yunas saxer3 oy oldin


  68. yunas saxer

    yunas saxer3 oy oldin


  69. =NolePtr

    =NolePtr3 oy oldin

    Nowhere on Earth was made for humans.Humans just weren't made for the Antarctic.

  70. Amritpal sidhu

    Amritpal sidhu3 oy oldin

    Why ice don't melt bcoz of global warming , if northpole is melting why not southpole

  71. Joe Mackey

    Joe Mackey3 oy oldin

    My personal lowest temperature endured is -38 farenheit. It sucked balls, super hard.

  72. Jo Mclean

    Jo Mclean3 oy oldin

    Makes you think ..There is phone booths on the moon ..

  73. Jo Mclean

    Jo Mclean3 oy oldin

    Fresh Water.😋

  74. Jo Mclean

    Jo Mclean3 oy oldin


  75. Steve Davenport

    Steve Davenport3 oy oldin

    I wonder how much of that waste is human waste.

  76. Atapd

    Atapd3 oy oldin

    My teacher recommended this video

  77. Paul Douris

    Paul Douris3 oy oldin

    Jesus is king and our savior repent of sin so you can be saved remember Christ Loves you and he’s coming

  78. Jayaradha Anilkumar

    Jayaradha Anilkumar3 oy oldin


  79. khalid farah

    khalid farah3 oy oldin

    Socks a lot of socks .

  80. Stan Refermat

    Stan Refermat3 oy oldin

    0:18 The Middle East: Am I a joke to you??

  81. foxtailedcritter

    foxtailedcritter3 oy oldin

    I'm too broke to vist Antarctica let alone live there. Same with mount Everest I'm too broke to vist. Yet I'm morbidly obsessed and will not stop searching up the weird and isolated locations.

  82. Clalala Tayag

    Clalala Tayag4 oy oldin

    The naive sheet neatly trick because cemetery understandably dare but a vulgar pull. likeable, sick population

  83. DeeJay

    DeeJay4 oy oldin

    Skeleton crew, meaning? 🦴

  84. Smaakjeks K

    Smaakjeks K4 oy oldin

    Fun fact: It's tradition in British Antarctic research stations for the crew to watch John Carpenter's 'The Thing' as part of their Midwinter feast and celebration held every June 21st.

  85. Piplup Legends

    Piplup Legends4 oy oldin

    Hi sam

  86. Cpl Hicks

    Cpl Hicks4 oy oldin

    People are probably like their own special operations team. Everyone cross trained to some degree in each others specialty and they would benefit from all being trained paramedics( and extensive combat training in order to deal with The Thing)

  87. Matthew Mara

    Matthew Mara4 oy oldin

    Well, there is no South Pole.

  88. expo1403

    expo14034 oy oldin

    There’s just a 99.997% chance, according to the CDC, that they would survive COVID. But sure, let’s continue to spread fear and panic

  89. Official comity of time travelers Member 0-13

    Official comity of time travelers Member 0-134 oy oldin

    It’s all fun and game till 2100

  90. FlatEarth Mic

    FlatEarth Mic4 oy oldin

    Why would any astronomer view the night sky from the earth? If satellites are real then all viewing should be from space and not from the spinning, vibrating, wobbling, orbiting planet with an atmosphere. All things space related consistently has questions that can not be logically answered. Take this video with a grain of common sense.

  91. Illuminist

    Illuminist3 oy oldin

    You can't take telescope that large to the space. Larger means higher resolution.

  92. Showdown

    Showdown4 oy oldin

    Not even for one day...........................

  93. Ashley Cook

    Ashley Cook4 oy oldin

    The modern picture reassuringly coach because patient specially press concerning a thirsty risk. thirsty, erect composition

  94. Reid Rosebrock

    Reid Rosebrock4 oy oldin

    This is the second time I've heard this guy say "it's tough to understate" when he meant "it's tough to overstate." Is this a thing like "I could care less" where it doesn't make sense but is in common usage? Not trying to hate, genuinely curious.

  95. Ioniţă Caloian

    Ioniţă Caloian4 oy oldin

    Why is the chick at 13:55 barefoot?

  96. Nicholas Williams

    Nicholas Williams4 oy oldin

    Do you think it would be possible to re-supply via rockets? Or would the weather prevent that as well?

  97. Luke Evans

    Luke Evans4 oy oldin

    Okay who came from r/unexpectedsabaton?

  98. Michael Brady

    Michael Brady4 oy oldin

    I was one of the 42 people who were there for WinterOver 2020. Hell yah'! :) (BTW the videos and pictures of the Pole are very out of date)

  99. RandomReevuze

    RandomReevuze4 oy oldin

    when he said 'american made' i cringed

  100. SmrTiTo

    SmrTiTo4 oy oldin

    i beg to differ. we keep going back because it's really fun. advancing science is just a side perk.

  101. Tom Keiffer

    Tom Keiffer4 oy oldin

    It was 24F yoday

  102. Michael Mulderig

    Michael Mulderig4 oy oldin

    Earth: You can't live here Humans: Bet.

  103. momorain

    momorain4 oy oldin

    Us is still using landfills? Are you kidding me? What a fucking joke