Living in Antarctica comes with many challenges, not the least of which is what to do with your poo. It’s been a long-standing predicament for the scientists who spend extended periods on the continent, but a research station operated by Australia is now planning to change its poop-removal strategy. And its high-tech solution could help us as we prepare for human visits to other remote environments, like Mars.
The Davis research station hosts about 120 expeditioners in the summer months and is located on a tiny island off the edge of the Antarctica, where scientists study everything from microbes to climate change. Those 120 bodies produce a sizeable amount of human waste. Until 2005, the poo was treated using a two-step process before being released into the ocean, but 12 years ago, the secondary processing plant broke down. In the years since, the human waste at Davis has been …
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