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Introduction

  • Albert A. Harrison
  • Yvonne A. Clearwater
  • Christopher P. McKay
Conference paper

Abstract

Antarctic communities are important in their own right and because studies conducted within them yield results that are of general interest and applicability in communities throughout the world. As laboratories for human behavior, Earth’s southernmost settlements are relatively uncomplicated and self-contained, and found within them are naturally occurring conditions that are not easily created elsewhere because of practical or ethical considerations. Also, because they vary widely in terms of size, living conditions, group composition, support needs, historical trends, and projected developmental changes, Antarctic communities provide, in the aggregate, excellent opportunities for cross-sectional and longitudinal research. The lessons learned in Antarctica are instructive not only for many other communities on Earth but also for extraterrestrial human communities.

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Polar Region Outer Space National Aeronautic Polar Research Johns Hopkins School 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert A. Harrison
  • Yvonne A. Clearwater
  • Christopher P. McKay

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