NOVA

Arctic Passage

Student Handout

Icy Survival


Your team has been assigned to drill ice cores 40 kilometers from base camp. You have been told that dangerous storms can happen without warning. You might need to wait out a storm. Your team must decide which items to put in each of your individual packs so that each team member could survive in severe weather for 24 hours. Choose carefully—your life might depend on it!

Procedure

  1. Read the list of possible items and decide which are essential or not essential. Use the "Antarctic Conditions Fact Sheet" to help make decisions. Your main goals are to:

    • protect your body temperature
    • ensure a source of fluids
    • ensure a source of calories
  2. As a group, decide which 10 essential items you will bring. Each pack must contain:

    • the same eight items per individual agreed on by all group members
    • two additional items which will be shared by the group; these two items should be different for each member's pack

Possible items for survival pack

Essential

Not
Essential

Why?

camera/flashlight

     

matches

     

drill

     

show shovel/ice saw

     

tent

     

sleeping bag

     

1/2 loaf bread

     

snowshoes

     

journal/pencil

     

backpacking stove/kerosene

     

1/2 gallon water

     

cheese

     

beef jerky

     

book

     

chocolate bar

     

picture of someone you love

     

mittens/socks/face mask

     

gorp (nuts and raisins mix)

     

signal mirror

     

rifle

     

thermal sleeping pad

     

blanket

     

suntan lotion

     

insect repellant

     

dehydrated food

     

cup/spoon

     

individual first-aid kit

     

pot and pan set

     

sledgehammer

     

radio with spare batteries

     

toilet paper

     


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