Extreme Zone: Poles

Freezing temperatures, whipping winds and five months of constant darkness every year make living at the poles a real challenge. Some animals and plants have adaptations that help them survive the rough conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic.

But the poles themselves are extremely vulnerable to climate change, and researchers there can already see its effects. As climate change warms temperatures, melts ice and affects the food chain, polar species may have more challenges ahead. Visit our polar research station to find out how life copes with the cold, and how climate at the poles is changing. Take a seat on a snowmobile, feel the chill of our giant ice wall, and discover why penguins and polar bears don't hang out together in the wild.