Latest South Pole Stories

2008-12-07 11:40:59

British television host Bear Grylls was airlifted out of Antarctica after breaking his shoulder while filming a television documentary, the Mail on Sunday said. The newspaper reported Grylls' insurance company had arranged for a private air ambulance to fly him to South Africa Saturday night for treatment of the compound fracture. Grylls, a 34-year-old former British military commando, apparently took a bad fall while taking part in a cross-country trek to a mountain peak near the South...

2008-10-06 12:20:00

A glacier hasn't been seen in England since the Ice Age. Ironically though, Antarctic scientists are gathering in a muddy field In Britain to study how to endure life on the world's coldest continent. Living in tents and occasionally sharing the field with horses or geese from nearby farms, the scientists study skills such as igniting a frozen paraffin stove or dodging a crevasse. Ever since the 1970s, the British Antarctic Survey has taught the majority of their staff here: cooks, pilots,...

2007-11-06 12:59:34

ST. LOUIS -- A group of Washington University researchers will head to Antarctica later this month to learn more about the continent's geologic origins. The group will install 10 seismographs that will provide data to help other scientists build better climate change models, Douglas Wiens, a Washington University professor and team leader said. "We have no idea what's beneath the ice," Wiens told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "No one has even taken any rock samples. It's thought that when the...

2007-07-02 09:17:50

By Story By William Mullen, Chicago Tribune Jul. 2--CAPE EVANS, Antarctica -- The dark, silent interiors of the three wooden huts are still pungent from the smoke of seal-blubber fires that once warmed men now long dead. Their dishes, pots, pans and scientific paraphernalia are scattered across tables and counters, and tins and boxes of their food still sit on shelves. Isolated from one another, strung out along 23 miles of Ross Island's bleak Antarctic coastline, the abandoned huts for...

2007-05-01 09:15:00

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A U.S. team plans to drive from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole later this year to demonstrate the viability of alternative energy sources to replace fossil fuels, a spokesman said Monday. The 1,000-mile journey to the South Pole will take 10 days using alternative fuel vehicles driven along a U.S.-developed ice highway, said Nick Baggarly, executive director of the "Zero South" expedition. The expedition would "demonstrate the viability of these energy...

2005-12-28 09:55:00

VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian explorer and his team have reached the South Pole unsupported in a record 33 days, he said on Wednesday. Wolfgang Melchior, 50, said in a statement posted on his Web site that he and four other people reached the South Pole on Tuesday. They traveled on skis, without outside help and without a parasail. "It is a particular pleasure and honor to report that we reached the South Pole on December 27 at 1630 hours," Melchior said. "Health-wise, I am well apart from...

2004-11-29 08:38:55

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mount Everest and the first to drive a vehicle to the South Pole, described a U.S. highway to the pole as "terrible." Work on the 1,020-mile "ice highway" from the Antarctic coast south of New Zealand to the South Pole is currently in its third season. The project will enable hundreds of tons of supplies and equipment to be hauled across the world's most inhospitable wilderness to Amundsen-Scott Base, a...

Latest South Pole Reference Libraries

2013-02-18 10:15:24

Antarctica is the Earths southernmost continent; it contains the geographic South Pole. It’s situated in the Antarctic area of the Southern Hemisphere, almost completely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is bordered by the Southern Ocean. It’s the fifth-largest continent at 5.4 million sq miles. On average, it is the driest, coldest, and windiest continent as well as having the highest average elevation of all the continents. Considered a desert, the annual precipitation is only 8...

2009-05-14 17:45:56

The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is a U.S. research facility based at the South Pole, in Antarctica. It is the southernmost continually inhabited place on the planet. Its name honors Roald Amundsen who reached the South Pole in December 1911, and Robert F. Scott who reached the South Pole in January 1912. The station was constructed in 1956 to support the International Geophysical Year in 1957. It has been continuously occupied since then. It currently lies within 330 feet of the...

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