Could part of the Arctic region and the Antarctic soon become habitable? and

Fantasus

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Just wonder, not least when there is so much discussion about warmer climate.
 
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Presuming the climate "warms" in the way some scientist believe, the arctic areas may become more habitable. As for Antarctica, it should be noted that snow aside the entire continent is currently a barren desert. There is no vegetation, animal life only exists in limited amounts on the coast. Even if it warmed up it would take years of effective terraforming to transform it into a suitable habitat for humans, otherwise it would be little different from trying to colonize a desert.
 
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Technically you can live there now. The same way you can live in Canada. Just don't walk around naked and you won't freeze to death.
 
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Really ?
You're comparing Antartica to Canada ?
The glaciers receded from most of Canada 12500 years ago.
 

caldrail

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Antarctica used to be habitable for six months during the Jurassic era, but the Earth's climate back then was warmer than today and more stable in the long term, and also I believe Antarctica wasn't completely at the south pole as it is now. Today? No, not even with global warming. There is a lack of sunlight for six months and vegetation to survive that environment has not yet evolved.
 

Fantasus

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Antarctica used to be habitable for six months during the Jurassic era, but the Earth's climate back then was warmer than today and more stable in the long term, and also I believe Antarctica wasn't completely at the south pole as it is now. Today? No, not even with global warming. There is a lack of sunlight for six months and vegetation to survive that environment has not yet evolved.
It is only around the south pole itself that the sun is not to be seen for six months. In the most northern part of Antarctica the sun can be seen for at least some hours in all months if it is not too cloudy. Perhaps parts of both the most northern lands (Northern Canada and Russia in particular) and the more southern lands of Patagonia and the islands and some part of the Antarctic continent could become more hospitable in the future.
 

stevev

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It depends what you mean by "habitable". You could live at South Pole now if they let you. The US base there is staffed year round. The Russians maintain a year round base (Vostok) at the pole of inaccessibility where winter temperatures drop to -88 C (-128 F) and winds can reach 300 kph (~200 mph).

If you stay on the coast you can feed yourself year around if you can get the penguins to share their fish harvest. (This may mean moving out on the ice in winter.)
 
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also I believe Antarctica wasn't completely at the south pole as it is now. Today? No, not even with global warming. There is a lack of sunlight for six months and vegetation to survive that environment has not yet evolved.
It has evolved. The problem is it has gone extinct.
About habitable, polar night?
Look at this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prestvannet#/media/File:Prestvannet-parkvei.jpg
and in winter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prestvannet#/media/File:Prestvannet_Tromso.jpg
Over two degrees inside polar circle. Two months of polar night.
Tromsö in Northern Norway.
Can the rest of Arctic become habitable like this? Can Antarctic?
 
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Fantasus

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It has evolved. The problem is it has gone extinct.
About habitable, polar night?
Look at this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prestvannet#/media/File:Prestvannet-parkvei.jpg
and in winter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prestvannet#/media/File:Prestvannet_Tromso.jpg
Over two degrees inside polar circle. Two months of polar night.
Tromsö in Northern Norway.
Can the rest of Arctic become habitable like this? Can Antarctic?
I know Tromsø well. Many people find it habitable and some prefer to live there. But it is not so cold there as many other places that far north.
 

AlpinLuke

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It's more probable that parts of the Arctic region [and actually some of them already are] become habitable than parts of the Antarctic region. Antarctic climate is well more extreme because there is a continental mass under the ice. This means that the modification in the oceans won't affect the Antarctic continental mass in a direct way. Arctic is made by frozen water, ice, there's no continental mass there.