Polar Expedition Leader Hadleigh Measham Delves into the Past
Despite being located between 70˚ and 72˚ North - a similar latitude to the most northerly parts of Norway - Scoresby Sund in East Greenland has a truly High Arctic climate. Its mean average minimum temperature for mid-February over the last decade was approximately 20˚ Celsius (-4˚ Fahrenheit) and this will always deliver a stern test to any species sharing 98.4% of its DNA with that of a tropical ape. We humans have comparatively thin skin, low body fat percentages and pretty modest hair coverings, thus we are not very well cold-adapted for living in such an environment. Prolonged exposure in our natural state during the Arctic winter months would incapacitate even the toughest of our species with terrifying immediacy.