16 months on The Ice

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My presentation at TEDxGolfLinksPark on 21-Jan-2012 on my stay at Indian Antarctic Station Maitri as a member of 13th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica

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  • Parties, Fun – equator crossing, new year, christmas, etcgames and sports – tug of war, dominos, bridgeSea sicknessTeamwork – cleaning the deep storage of rotton foodStunning views of sea and sky
  • 16 months on The Ice

    1. 1. • Coldest • Windiest • 5th Largest • Desert! • 99.6% Ice • 70% of Earth’s Pure Water • No native populationhttp://geology.com/world/antarctica-satellite-image.shtml
    2. 2. If you have men who will only come if they know there is a road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all. - David Livingstone (1813-74)Onboard MV Stepan Krasheninikov, Goa to Antarctica, Dec 93
    3. 3. The land looks like a fairytale. – Roald Amundsen (1872-1928)Approaching Maitri Station, Schirmacher Oasis, Antarctica
    4. 4. The men selected must be qualified for the work, and they must also have the special qualifications required to meet polar conditions. They must be able to live together in harmony for a long period without outside communication, and it must be remembered that the men whose desires lead them to the untrodden paths of the world have generally marked individuality. - Ernest Schakleton (1874 – 1922)Helping the cook on Galley Duty
    5. 5. Anybody can deal with the ice. But to deal with the human spirit is very difficult.– Roland Hurtford, Polar Historian on Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17A Snow Blizzard picking up during winter
    6. 6. The Ice tends to magnify seemingly trivial events and symptoms, transforming what would be viewed as mundane or unimportant in any other environment into something that is problematic and significant under conditions of isolation and confinement." — Dr. Lawrence Palinkas, On the ice: Individual and Group Adaptation in AntarcticaAt a party at Russian Station, Novolazarevskaya, Schirmacher Oasis, Antarctica
    7. 7. It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. – Edmund HillaryAt foot of Polar Ice Sheet, Schirmacher Oasis, Antarctica

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