tv Documentary RT January 1, 2014 8:29am-9:01am EST
nothing there. no one to relay messages except. winter in the southern hemisphere begins at the same time as the northern summer several times over the short summer season the academics approach the coast of the most remote. of the year. year's worth of food and fuel to the ice stations and take away seasonal crews and aircraft. tanker.
and an aircraft carrier. details navigational and operational plans are in place. as arrived. just what to expect from an. article always comes up with surprises you have to keep your eyes open because there's always something going wrong if it actually goes well for too long i start to worry there's no way antarctica will let you go on like that without incident it's unpredictable. bags containing polar clothing are stored in the freezer when the ship left some petersburg four months ago the weather was rainy and damp most of the time if the bags were to get wet while being loaded they may rot in a warm hold to keep them in optimum condition the clothes are kept ice until they
need to get out of there you'll freeze the standard winter outfit consists of four pairs of shoes. and a winch eater. this one is for winter. the other one is a mid season coat. special occasions. so much better. look they also have a vest. turn around but. no they didn't have the straps to be crossed otherwise they slip off your back. the same comments every single year but it's not so often that they put things right. and hard to reach stations. of course it's
ok for work. of course. it's almost twice the size of you. the route to the station is the most challenging trip one thousand five hundred kilometers from the coast in summer temperatures can reach forty. but there. is a staggering minus. this route will take about forty. the trucks can only move very slowly they carry fuel tanks to the highest arctic station which is three and a half meters above sea level but oxygen levels there equate to an altitude of five
thousand meters anywhere else. mainframe. all those. factors huge gropes that can seem strong can break and snap in freezing temperatures the most difficult part is the route itself seems endless ages just to cover about sixty kilometers. and that's actually good going you can do anything you can make the time go faster speed up the process you just pray for the best and hope the truck will fail you you want it to be over soon as possible you just want to be back home and. say you get back home and in time you start feeling a strong desire to. the work is difficult but the guys are great and you feel good once everything is done.
even now i want to go as soon as i can. first of. all that will come soon enough for now. on antarctica the ocean appears very come on the bridge of a captain the navigation officer and two helmsmen the crew changes on the way. the crew watches reinforced you have to be twice as vigilant the closer you get to antarctica. for. the region is still under explored and. very long distances. to. these pictures of. voyage of the academic field of the first diesel electric ice
ship. first trip was good a really good one. remember we were in the captain's. having. yes i remember that clearly but we were having tea at the table was. there a. bang and fell off the table. spilled everywhere. it. wasn't shown on the chart. everything was fine in the end and the rocks position was mapped. it is. the one hundred eighty seven obstacle course.
the ship literally went through a trial of fire and ice. it was about four pm during a tea break we had cabbage pies that day i still remember that and then it all happened. this missile. fire broke out in the engine room one of the pipes burst and fuel oil spill down on to the white hot money fold there was a huge fire even now i feel uncomfortable when i hear a fire alarm to change the settings on all our clocks back at home because i can't stand the noise of. the ship went through thick and thin it's the best ship in the whole antarctic gets the job done it's never failed she's really an incredible ship. it's even written somewhere academic sure that if was the only ship in the world
able to reach the north pole alone unaided by an ice breaker who would go to the polls quite often now but we still have a lot of respect for the arctic region it's a really harsh environment and there are nuclear icebreakers there antarctica is even worse besides we can't use nuclear icebreakers antarctica is much worse than the arctic region more severe this is my twenty six trip to antarctica and i've already been to the arctic twenty five times antarctica is much more interesting this trip is more fascinating and extensive it takes at least six months to get there the arctic region is like a relaxing walk. only takes about a month. in one thousand nine hundred five. once headed for and talked to some of his plan was to be home after six months but in the end he was away for eleven. ship and set sail later than planned it was when the crew
reached antarctica is cut through the ice close to the shoreline but they soon discovered that they were too close to crews reaction was well coordinated and fast . as always happens in the weather changed abruptly the ice around the ship stuck together and the vessel became trapped. imagine a sugar bowl. that's been emptied into a hollow there's tons of ice all over the place and the ships just not able to move we fought against it for many days trying to move out of there then the wind came up and the ice blocks started to shift to slightly so we were able to work our way through the coastal ice belt a little it almost cracked the whole we tried to head for the open sea but it was already impassable by that time before my skin will the. event was when the crew
realized they'd be spending winter aboard the ship there's no way to help a vessel that stuck in an ice trap and so the sum of had to stay just where it was until spring their ship was weak in fact three times weaker than the academic field of this one that might just escape the ice but i'm not really sure. what a formidable field that rove has never been trapped in ice not even once it's very powerful and when circumstances get really difficult we can rely on it we believe its power will help and save us more. crew changeover in the engine room twenty two people are involved in here the crews .
obviously we should be quite concerned about a lot of the recent revelations about spying and so forth the internet remains the most powerful tool for the spread of freedom in the world today. as an american i'd like to know what's going to go on and afghanistan from here on i am tired of this cloudy picture of where my money is going you know where our efforts have gone for the last twelve years what our veterans have fought for died for have been injured i want to know what i think that the obama administration has sort of dropped the ball in two thousand and thirteen and it's about time for them to step up and make this another make our foreign policy in this area a priority ok but did can i guess what yours might be your wish an international convention ending the use of drones is it close to your wish that sounds great
peter and i would add on to that since we last year ended with a strike in yemen and a wedding party there and we also have obama apologizing to the innocent people that we've killed and saying that he will not allow drone strikes to be used again how are you what is your wish for two thousand and fourteen when you get i mean be imaginative ok let's you know this is you know we're just a few days into the year so no one can say we were wrong go ahead my wish is for significant change on our investments in fighting climate change really if we do not address climate change this is going to be a human crisis that will affect the. how much of.
are growing all antarctica stations are going to make a radio check. please. level. the time to discuss the details plans for. fuel and food and to evacuate the departing crews from the stations the action plan was devised some time ago but nothing can be taken for granted. we haven't been able to reach if. we couldn't get to the barrier area there was no way to push.
wasn't more than three meters deep then about a meter of snow on top of that they had no choice but. the ice. from the russian a. huge chunk of. the home. was lost to the ocean. four out of ten fuel tanks were left. to conserve fuel for the whole. after that there wasn't although a few containers of spare parts and some snowmobiles were also lost. everyone is. told though the. closer to the progress station. sometimes surprises too once we have there
we were unloading fuel when they started cracking so we had to. we even had to cut it a little it was an emergency and we had to get off quickly it was impossible to turn back because that was close by lots of things happening. we had to wait half an hour at the station. was massive but it suddenly started cracking. behind us. and stopped. the other way. the critical. pull back and wait for. it turned out that the progress station frontal activity was at its peak for ten days and there was
events. is downloaded using a special antenna this vital information is used not just to plot the ship's course but to select the right block of ice on which to land. still remember the fourteen lifting off from a cracking ice book imagine it lifts off the ice cracks right after it it was terrifying. taking its first flight. and the ship will take off. to use the plane. from the station as usual. close to the ship. moved down to the ice when the plane is disassembled. that's when the waves came.
it started swinging all the way out. i was doing something down in my cabin. sudden i heard a huge noise out there i went to check it out it was the shore. screaming . and the fuel tanks were water was very close within just two metres so we had that aircraft up fast and get it onto the hatch cover thank god we did it gone the other way it would have caused a lot of trouble now we'll see what the. station has. caused all the trouble at the station may just help us here.
too quickly. from here. to the. thing can be left until tomorrow because at any moment conditions might change suddenly and without warning. in the northern hemisphere this kind of wind would be called a hurricane but here it's just a regular storm extreme weather like this is common place in antarctica. as soon as their work was done a huge storm rolled in with winds of up to thirty two meters per second the ship
has no choice but to wait until it ends it may take a few days though. the main tasks have been completed. things went smoothly surprisingly it was over very fast i didn't expect that. the academic field heads north again to africa after one hundred ninety four days for more than half a year the crew has been out on the open ocean. back of the cape town seaport there's still another twenty eight days or so. but after antarctica even here feels almost like.
unexplored antarctica what is it in this icy expanse that attracts the people who come here. now i only go to the dock. and enter into. a new generation of polar explorers is coming. we have a new crop of specialists here now all of them are young how are they going to get along with each other and i don't know. but i used to be a bureaucrat. see seriously. what adventures await him this mysterious land where to live what to eat and want to be actually doing in antarctica. why is the price of gold so high. demand global demand do you think oldest money.
know the value of the only place we have to live of the water that we need to survive it's not compared to any gold we're not going to eat we're not going to be . we're not going to drink what clearly is and is in a desperate economic situation absolutely right what we're wrong to do is say therefore any kind of economic development from the outside is going to be a benefit their only purpose is to extract as much money as possible to feed into the global financial system. with part of the geo political economic system that's extremely exploited or. the first was a question where the mining should even be carried out altogether can it be done. in a way which doesn't destroy people's lives resources environment well you know those
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