Australia’s Casey research station had a virtual visit from 2200 school students yesterday, when the first two of a new series of live video chats took place.

Students from across Australia talked to the Casey station leader and two expeditioners about living and working in Antarctica over the long, cold winter.

Questions covered topics including climate science, Antarctic wildlife, what it’s like living in 24-hour darkness in winter, what expeditioners eat and what they do in their free time.

Further videoconferences will be held with Casey and Davis research stations on 20 August and 18 September.