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ATMs in Antarctica

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 21, 2010

There are two ATM machines in Antarctica. They are located at McMurdo Station and operated by Wells Fargo. Here’s an interview with a Wells Fargo VP about the unique challenges of operating those machines.

You know, the other thing too that you may find interesting — I don’t know how much you know about folks that need to go down to Antarctica — it’s a huge process to do it. So when we’re preparing for the vendor visit, it’s like a ten-month process. The reason being is, they obviously go in the off-season when it’s obviously warmer because no planes fly onto the ice in their winter months. And so anybody that goes to Antarctica has to be cleared with a physical, a dental, and a psychological evaluation, because if for some reason the plane can’t get out, you’re trapped down there until the next season.

(via jimray)

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