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Peter Amati did field research, studying sea ice in the Weddell Sea, during the months of May and June 1992,. Remember this is winter in Antarctica {Mid Winters Day is June 21}. Please note, clothing was more then adequate, NO body parts were lost!!

The conditions in Antarctica are unlike any you'll find elsewhere on the earth. When the average austral winter temperature in the Weddell Sea is about -32°C; and that at South Pole Station is about-59° C and the lowest recorded temperature on earth, measured at the Russian base known as Vostok, is -128.6° C, then you know you'll need warm clothing.

Much of the designing of ECW (Extreme Cold Weather gear) has been done at the US Army's Natick Research Laboratory in Natick, Massachusetts.

Resources and Reference Materials

The South Pole by Roald Amundsen
A gripping account of Amundsen's race with Robert L. Scott to the South Pole

Alone by Richard Byrd
An account by Admiral Byrd of his solitary 4-month stay on the Ross Ice Shelf.

Mawson's Will by Lennard Bickel
First hand account of Mawsons aventure.

The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
First hand account of Scott's fatal expedition in his race against Amundsen to the pole.

Endurance by Alfred Lansing
An account of Shackleton's ship the ENDURANCE getting trapped in the ice and the step by step trek by Shackleton and ALL his men back to civilization. Not a soul was lost during the nearly 2 year adventure.

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