What is it Like to Live in Antarctica? | Antarctic Extremes

Antarctica is cold, windy, isolated, barren, and often downright dangerous. Yet somehow, people manage to live there. (Some even enjoy it!)
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People have been visiting Antarctica for over a century-and hosts Caitlin Saks and Arlo Pérez can actually see what living there used to be like, because some of the early explorers left all their stuff! One of the earliest expeditions was that of Robert Falcon Scott, from 1910-1913, more commonly known as the Terra Nova Expedition. (No, they didn’t name it after this HRgreen Channel.) Its “home-base” hut is still intact: desiccated penguin, seal blubber, science experiments, and all.
Today, living in Antarctica is a bit different. But still, an eclectic band of scientists and support personnel are drawn to the continent and, every year, a crew makes their home on “the ice.” Starting at the U.S. Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station and then while exploring Antarctica’s natural wonders-glaciers, a volcano, Weddell seals, and even weird fish-Arlo and Caitlin meet the people who find themselves in Antarctica year after year.
But will they be able to discover what it is about this icy, seemingly inhospitable place that’s so alluring to geologists, astrobiologists, and waste managers alike?
Hosted by Caitlin Saks and Arlo Pérez
Digital Producer/Editor: Emily Zendt
Producer: Caitlin Saks
Digital Associate Producer: Arlo Pérez
Field Director/Cinematographer: Zachary Fink
Executive Producer: Julia Cort
Coordinating Producer: Elizabeth Benjes
Project Director: Pamela Rosenstein
Production Assistance: Matthew Buckley, Emily Pattison, Sean Cuddihy
Audio Mix: Heart Punch Studio
Director of Audience Development: Dante Graves
Senior Digital Producer: Ari Daniel
Audience Engagement Editor: Sukee Bennett
Outreach Manager: Gina Varamo
Special thanks to Michael Amundson
Special thanks to the United States Antarctic Program
Additional Footage:
Brad Herried / Polar Geospatial Center
Music: APM
National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers. Additional funding is provided by the NOVA Science Trust.
Major funding for this project is provided by the National Science Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, the George D. Smith Fund, and the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1713552. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Footage of seals was obtained under the authority of NMFS MMPA permit nos.1032-1917, 17236, & 21158
© WGBH Educational Foundation 2020


  1. spodose


    Prije 35 minuta

    I wanna squish and hug that seal so bad

  2. Edwin Arcilla

    Edwin Arcilla

    Prije 3 dana

    This is the place to be if you hate shopping temptations. You can save your whole salary here!

  3. Spooky Miracle Preacher

    Spooky Miracle Preacher

    Prije 5 dana

    Good doc.

  4. Aashir Zaidi

    Aashir Zaidi

    Prije 6 dana

    Who is here because of A Place Further Than the Universe

  5. WeirdWhiteDog


    Prije 9 dana

    there's probably still that guy who wears shorts and a t-shirt all the time

  6. DarkTagMaster


    Prije 9 dana

    three shitty meals a day. these ppl are fuckin jacked

  7. Wilson Duan

    Wilson Duan

    Prije 11 dana

    Exploring Antarctica is probably closest thing to roaming on another planet

  8. TETRA


    Prije 19 dana

    David white seems like the guy off storage wars.. Barry

  9. Lawrence Goose99

    Lawrence Goose99

    Prije 20 dana

    So he goes from nasa to Antarctica to go work on snow mobiles lol

  10. Lagarto Grande

    Lagarto Grande

    Prije 21 dan

    Ant arctic a. In the north, there is no ARTIC, in the south there is no ANTARTIC. Come on documentary film maker, get your stuff together.

  11. E


    Prije 21 dan

    I didn't know Michael Jackson is living in Antarctica...

  12. Mein Floofrer

    Mein Floofrer

    Prije 23 dana

    11/10 would come back.

  13. Ezee Posse TV

    Ezee Posse TV

    Prije 23 dana

    _... Girl I'm gonna make you sweat, sweat til you can sweat no more. And if you cry out, I'm gonna push it some mo-oh-ore!_

  14. Anne Bell

    Anne Bell

    Prije 24 dana

    I envy how relaxed they all seem to be...relaxation is something we have all forgotten how to do in a busy world...I am going to make an effort again...thanks for the inspiration.

  15. Sara Andan

    Sara Andan

    Prije 24 dana

    This woman's comments are stupid and entitled.

  16. Darsh


    Prije 26 dana

    These ppl get paid to do nothing that isn't already known

  17. Sumedh Dhoni

    Sumedh Dhoni

    Prije mjesec

    5:04 Anderson Silva's missing elder brother.

  18. Deez Nuts

    Deez Nuts

    Prije mjesec

    Oh to be living in Antarctica

  19. Patrick Argao

    Patrick Argao

    Prije mjesec

    I wanna join you guys. My 6th video. How I'm wishing I'm there.

  20. Jessica Limones

    Jessica Limones

    Prije mjesec

    Do they have wifi?

  21. Aktiv Beats

    Aktiv Beats

    Prije mjesec

    We need places like this on Mars.

  22. Liu Alex

    Liu Alex

    Prije mjesec

    @4:50 well, they could also be on top of the world.......right?

  23. Lori White

    Lori White

    Prije mjesec

    Why the heck does that woman work for you when she just complains that stuff is gross?

  24. ryanrios75


    Prije mjesec

    Where do I sign up ??

  25. KeepingupWithElsa


    Prije mjesec

    Free food I’m down

  26. sung77777


    Prije mjesec

    much thanks for restoring innocence to that good ol poppy song from (my) 6th grade!! @8:53

  27. Frank Mata

    Frank Mata

    Prije mjesec

    Like sheriff said in the 1988 movie Colors," It nearly froze my f--ken b-lls off".

  28. Bayar Nori

    Bayar Nori

    Prije mjesec

    Gosh like I can’t escape people like I came to watch to see if there is anyone lives here but guess what humans everywhere lmao

  29. Jeff Goober

    Jeff Goober

    Prije mjesec

    Where do they keep the aliens 👽

  30. Im pierro

    Im pierro

    Prije mjesec

    Y’all are cooked

  31. Im pierro

    Im pierro

    Prije mjesec

    Please answer me!!!

  32. Im pierro

    Im pierro

    Prije mjesec

    What are y’all doing there?

  33. Ijaz Ali

    Ijaz Ali

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    I want to live there, looks like fun

  34. lw216316


    Prije 2 mjeseci

    You go to get away from people - but you are totally dependent on people to bring you supplies to live. Its not like you have learned to live off the land like an Eskimo!

  35. sk


    Prije 2 mjeseci

    now that's called a life.... unlike us glue to screen all the time , no social life :(

  36. Adam Sandberg

    Adam Sandberg

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    ben wyatt would love living there.

  37. Jess


    Prije 2 mjeseci

    no one: americans: ann-articka

  38. Crazy Koala UwU

    Crazy Koala UwU

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    I love how they have a fire station in antarctica 🤣

    • Zachy wacky

      Zachy wacky

      Prije mjesec

      oh yeah i just noticed that😂

  39. Anti comment warrior

    Anti comment warrior

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    Could fresh food not be grown indoors? I'm sure the price of the food would be high due to power consumption but its better than nothing.

  40. Adams Jane

    Adams Jane

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    The breezy character really influence because judge notably communicate off a bizarre bite. ubiquitous, chunky engine

  41. Ysn Draco

    Ysn Draco

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    Like if it’s 12:00AM The sunset goes down- I’m confused.... And then if it’s 1:00AM The sun comes back- I’m confused actually..-

    • Daisy Chain

      Daisy Chain

      Prije mjesec

      Only in summer, Ysn Draco.

  42. Laoagan Lester

    Laoagan Lester

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    So, What is/are there nationality/ies?

  43. renbeni shitiri

    renbeni shitiri

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    How can I go here I want to be a garbage girl... Help

  44. Life_ _is_hard

    Life_ _is_hard

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    KFC will also set up a branch there very soon

  45. Cesar Ramirez

    Cesar Ramirez

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    I bet they don’t got covid there

  46. i a

    i a

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    0:46 Michael Jackson 😱🤣

  47. zane lile

    zane lile

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    I look at the camps now and think what a difference since 1950 s - even 58-59-60 it was a dump - survive yes. MacMurdo moved their sledge dogs out in 58/59, they were so pretty. In 58 we load the first plane to get to south pole on the USS Wyandot headed for the Smithsonian.

  48. Erika Noll

    Erika Noll

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Omg it sounds so much nicer and organized than where I’m living now in rural Alaska . Not only isn’t there anyone taking care of the food and garbage but the rents and horrible food prices are insanely high and everything about this place is practically telling you not to stay so why am I staying!!!!???!!!! I won’t be bullied!!!

  49. Roni Mogy

    Roni Mogy

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Just wait til the ice melts what else you find there

  50. PrettyBlackAGE blue

    PrettyBlackAGE blue

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    What are they researching 👀

  51. PrettyBlackAGE blue

    PrettyBlackAGE blue

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    What science is it 🤔

  52. CJ Pr

    CJ Pr

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    No. When you shake the planet all the waste falls and only the strong remain.

  53. Drmgiver Drmgiver

    Drmgiver Drmgiver

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Please, someone who goes down there, help me get there. I BADLY want to go!

  54. Pea


    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Corona: fuck

  55. Jayden Richter

    Jayden Richter

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    The new laughing zoo😂😂, skipperrrrrr😂😂😂

  56. Freedom Isdead

    Freedom Isdead

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    These people could go back home and leave Antarctica alone for next 100 years, science will not be affected at all by them not being there, that is how people taxes are wasted, it s just an other exemple.

  57. Gloria Maditulu

    Gloria Maditulu

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Can I go for exploration/touristic purposes or is Antarctica manly for scientists?

  58. vimal tirkey

    vimal tirkey

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    8:35 so cute lol look at him how he or she is runnung haha

  59. kat454


    Prije 4 mjeseci

    Those scientists had the brightest and most liveliest eyes. Must be amazing to study such an incredible place.

  60. rj


    Prije 4 mjeseci

    Was not expecting a fire station in Antarctica

  61. Rishy Wills

    Rishy Wills

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    a kraken

  62. Oscar Perez

    Oscar Perez

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    I guess ill never make it down there...too many millennial hippies hanging out

  63. Ahmed Salih

    Ahmed Salih

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    this is amazing! I'd like to volunteer for Antartica, where can I apply? I'm a doctor, nevertheless I can volunteer in anything apart from working in the hospital

  64. Trniyy Falldown

    Trniyy Falldown

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    For the girl everything is gross or disgusting... That's rude and more when it comes from a journalist...

  65. Ftorid Idk

    Ftorid Idk

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    I want to go there so much. I've even went to study geology away from home, upper of the polar circle (Murmansk). First year in university, wish me luck

    • Rawrxd2008 uwu

      Rawrxd2008 uwu

      Prije 3 dana

      You can do it!

  66. WestCoastSamoan


    Prije 4 mjeseci

    Its ok. I had a crush on Hillary Duff too

  67. Cotton UwU

    Cotton UwU

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    Are there children or schools in antartica?

  68. clip012


    Prije 4 mjeseci

    How about sex and having children there? Anyone doing it in the cold? Enough condom & family planning pills?

  69. Drake Brown

    Drake Brown

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    Can they play video games, is that possible, but with all that social interaction, probably no need, except I love video games

  70. Drake Brown

    Drake Brown

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    7:47 That one guy in the grey hat with purple lettering reminds me a lot of Tom Cavanagh

  71. Sifat Bin Aziz

    Sifat Bin Aziz

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    0:54 "Scott actually reached, but a norwegian beat him there..." You guys should have mentioned the Norwegians name. He is Roald Amundsen, the man who first reached the south pole not by heavy ships or any monerch sponsor nor any of hundred crews. He journied all by himself and with 19 men and achieved it.

    • JEMS 96

      JEMS 96

      Prije 2 mjeseci

      So not by himself? 🤔

  72. gel gaitos

    gel gaitos

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    I want to work there.

  73. Elias Jonsson

    Elias Jonsson

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    Life on the most isolated place on Earth is less isolated than the life I'm living. They really seem to enjoy life down there in the southern south.

  74. Brett Calarco

    Brett Calarco

    Prije 4 mjeseci

    I've always wanted to live in Antarctica

  75. Tiffany Pan

    Tiffany Pan

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Love this series, I've always been fascinated by Antarctica and have watched a few great documentaries. This one is fun! One little correction on the subtitles--in the opening music, it's a clarinet solo, not an oboe solo. :) (professional oboist here practicing while watching the video with subtitles on lol)

  76. manspej


    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Now I really wanna go to Antarctica

    • اكره حياتي

      اكره حياتي

      Prije 7 dana

      Daisy Chain cool its like movies

    • Daisy Chain

      Daisy Chain

      Prije mjesec

      I hear that there is no mobile phone service. What if there is trouble? What if someone suddenly falls ill, etc.?

  77. Demon Cloud

    Demon Cloud

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    @5:53, When in Antarctica, KEEP YOUR SHITS TOGETHER !

  78. Atomictoaster


    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Firestation... in antartica?

  79. odenki88


    Prije 5 mjeseci

    I am thinking the movie called the thing

  80. Tressa Phillips

    Tressa Phillips

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Very interesting. Inner circle band? Nice

  81. jem cals

    jem cals

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  82. Mills’ Outdoors

    Mills’ Outdoors

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Anybody else notice Michael Jackson

  83. William Andrews

    William Andrews

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    bunch of scientists, doing magic at the southpole.

  84. Cyan Legacy

    Cyan Legacy

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    I wonder if these folks need to follow covid 19 procedures

  85. raul gamma

    raul gamma

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Who would've thought huh?! The king of pop is at the artic all this time..

  86. Honk Honk

    Honk Honk

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Imagine this how a mars base finna bout to be. Bruh i cant wait.

  87. BrightBlueSummer


    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Outstanding content! Love it so much

  88. SugarPotum


    Prije 5 mjeseci

    0:45 Michael Jackson is here !

  89. Artofficial


    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Aww he used to be a mechanic.. "I worked on the Space Shuttle" 😐

    • Zetty


      Prije 26 dana

      @Delgermurun Tsagaankhuu I would go down there just to get away from the retards. XD

    • Delgermurun Tsagaankhuu

      Delgermurun Tsagaankhuu

      Prije 4 mjeseci

      @Andrew Hatfield They're on the Grid and depend on it so much, they dont have any other option, But the isolation from retards? they're farthest from them.

    • Andrew Hatfield

      Andrew Hatfield

      Prije 5 mjeseci

      It really be the most brilliant minds the farthest off the grid

  90. Syed Ali Shan

    Syed Ali Shan

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Are only Scientist are allowed in Antarctica?

  91. Ksenia B

    Ksenia B

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    wow i was surprised to find out sean penn went to antarctica 0:44

  92. American Nomad News

    American Nomad News

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    SpaceX would do well to make a landing in Antarctica as a prep to going to Mars.

  93. Zikki Charade

    Zikki Charade

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    this looks tougher than mars

  94. Stephen Koss

    Stephen Koss

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    There’s no way Michael Jackson is down in Antarctica

    • Jesus Christ

      Jesus Christ

      Prije mjesec

      Come on gIRl

    • Jesus Christ

      Jesus Christ

      Prije mjesec


    • Terrance Davis

      Terrance Davis

      Prije 2 mjeseci


    • lamBETTERthanY0U


      Prije 2 mjeseci

      jayson phillips Plus 2pac

    • jayson phillips

      jayson phillips

      Prije 3 mjeseci

      He is in Argentina with Hitler and Saddam Huessin...

  95. Al


    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Pretty sure there are other people other than Yanks

  96. MR.SHADOW513


    Prije 5 mjeseci

    3:52 she's gorgeous 😍😍

    • Anas Azzouz

      Anas Azzouz

      Prije 15 dana


    • vimal tirkey

      vimal tirkey

      Prije 4 mjeseci

      she is indeed

  97. shawn mangra

    shawn mangra

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    Fake new what’s the glitch

  98. Monsieur P.

    Monsieur P.

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    I live in and am from Florida and it gets on your nerves that we live in permanent spring and summertime weather. Nothing ever dies.

  99. Thomas Rufer

    Thomas Rufer

    Prije 5 mjeseci

    not just a Norwegian. That's Roald Amundsen.

  100. binatitagain


    Prije 5 mjeseci

    If there are 900 souls during the summer months, how many are there during the winter months? I mean, it must be comforting to have other scientists and people that are out on a mission to accomplish things just like you/you're kept quite busy with work but it must get quite lonely after awhile no? Especially with the lack of sunlight and desolate landscape...