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6 of the world's most remote communities

By: Shea Gunther on April 10, 2012, 6:25 p.m.
Ob Hill and McMurdo Station in Antarctica

Photo: Alan Light/Wikimedia Commons [CC by 2.0]

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McMurdo Station, Antarctica

McMurdo Station is a science and research facility operated by the U.S. government through the National Science Foundation. The station is located near where British explorer Robert Falcon Scott built a base in 1902 and was first started in 1956. Today, McMurdo has up to 1,258 residents, though that number drops dramatically during the winter. Residents must deal with average summer daily temperatures that can drop well below zero (the average high is minus 13.5) and a complete lack of flights during the winter. Thankfully, they do have Internet access.