First of all, it's a damn tourist trap.
Sorry, I probably should have warned you about this think tank, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) [wink wink wink], which "funds thousands of top researchers at universities and institutes and steers the course of Dutch science by means of subsidies and research programmes." Here's the URL: http://www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOA_7HUDR7_Eng
Tourism in Antarctica has grown dramatically. In 1985, just a few thousand people visited the area but in the season 2007/2008 more than 40,000 did the same. A number of parties are concerned about the effects of this rapid growth with respect to safety, the environment, the scale of tourism and the lack of financial resources for monitoring and enforcement purposes....Antarctica is not a sovereign state and so legislation is difficult....One possible solution is that of marketable visitor rights, as is already used in the climate policy by means of trading in CO2 emission rights. First of all a maximum annual number of tourist days in Antarctica will be set. To ensure a smooth transition, this maximum will be set higher than the actual number of tourists days used. As soon as the demand for holiday days in Antarctica is higher than the maximum, the rights to the days will have a certain value.
By awarding the rights to the ATS, the income can be used, for example, for monitoring and enforcement purposes, issues for which there is little money at present. The visitor rights will be auctioned: sold to the highest bidder. Then the buyers are free to trade the rights further. This will ensure that the available 'space' in tourist days will be used for the most profitable forms of tourism. This system of marketable visitor rights could allow three objectives to be realised: the scale of tourism and with this its effects will be limited, an urgently desired new source of funding will become available for monitoring and enforcement, and the tourism trade in the Antarctic area will remain financially healthy.
Not long after the Dutch think-tank birthed the above marketing racket to ensure "the most profitable forms of tourism," the Dutch crown prince visited Antarctica.
Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Princess Maxima of Orange will visit British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Rothera Research Station from 6-10 February 2009. The fact-finding visit celebrates a partnership between BAS and Dutch scientists. ...The Royal couple will be accompanied by Dr RHA Plasterk, minister of Science and Education of The Netherlands and Prof. J Engelen, Chairman to the board of Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The Royal visit takes place in the closing stages of the international Polar Year (IPY). The Royal couple will have an opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to live and work in Antarctica.Whatever do they need an opportunity like that for? Are they planning on living there or something? Certainly they don't need to work. Well, here's the URL and you can even click through to the royal website from there: http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/about_bas/news/news_story.php?id=738
Antartica came up four times this week that I noticed. First, did you hear about the whisky company that wants to drill through the ice to recover a case of 100 year old McKinlay and Co Whiskey shipped by Shackleton and found frozen under the Nimrod Exhibition hut near Cape Royds?
Then we have the 10,000 species of viruses frozen in Antartica's freshwater lakes, double the diversity found anyplace else.
Next we have a Russian ship with 200 people on board, en route to see Emperor Penguins, which became stuck in ice so they had to wait it out and "conduct extra tourism," no doubt with ice cold vodka.
And finally the Chinese supply ship, Snow Dragon, with more than 170 scientists and crew aboard, left a research facility on Antarctica to do a 2,300 ton supply run.
Busy busy busy down there. You know I just find that suspicious. It's true I find lots of things suspicious but you know, as they say in Russia, it's not for nothing. It's not for nothing that all those scientists keep hanging around Antartica for decades. It's not for nothing that the Dutch royals visited to see what it might be like to live there. It's not for nothing that ships go in and out of there with tons of supplies. It's not for nothing. It never is.
Here's somebody's weed-inspired idea of what might be going on at the South Pole.
So what if the center of Antarctica is a paradise controlled by some New World Order group. It's a tropical utopia full of precious gems and expensive metals that, while providing the NWO with a super exclusive getaway, also gives them enough money to basically own the world. They've developed machines for extracting their natural treasures so no lesser individuals would ever have the ability to talk about it. Also if anyone ever did find out about it, they would probably be killed. The NWO group controls all satellite imagery and travel to and from Antarctica to make sure no one ever gets a glimpse of their paradise. Tourist adventures and scientists only go so far into Antarctica, never to the extreme middle. Since they are also involved in the government, they can control the release of information and scientific study on the continent.No we wouldn't. But watching these people is like following Hansel and Gretel to the witch's cabin in the woods. In their mirth, they leave a trail of bread crumbs behind them.
One might say that "it's not possible, everyone knows the further you get away from the equator, the colder it gets... theres no paradise in the Arctic circle." True you are, however what if the NWO group has reversed the polarity of this particular spot in Antarctica, thereby reversing the weather and creating this paradise. In much the same way that Tesla was able to produce human-induced earthquakes (on a smaller scale), there is certainly a way to develop human-induced weather (farmers release chemicals into the air to create rain above their farms).
With all of this technology and with the extreme little the public actually knows about the remote and uninhabited continent of Antarctica, it is very possible that anything could be happening there and we wouldn't know about it.