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Roald Amundsen’s tent at the South Pole, with puzzle answer

by marte last modified 2008-10-03 10:18

If you dig 15 meter under the surface at the South Pole, the tent of Roald Amundsen could appear.

11 Jan 2008

85.87292 deg S

55.20314 deg E

3273 meters above sea level

Maximum & Minimum temperatures: - 26 to - 38 °C

Roald Amundsen left his spare tent at the South Pole after his visit there in December 1911. The father of Finn Ronne, whom one of our modules is named after, made this tent for Amundsen. The tent Amundsen used on his way back from the South Pole is exhibited at the Fram Museum at Bygdøy in Oslo. Most likely his tent is located under about 15 meters of snow. However, due to airdrops during the building of the first South Pole Station in 1957 there are many other items buried in the snow in this area. At the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Stockholm in 2005 the tent of Roald Amundsen was protected based on a proposal from USA and supported by consensus among the Treaty Parties. Thus, it is not longer allowed searching for Amundsen’s tent.

- Jan-Gunnar


Modern expeditions – well proven tool (Photo: Stein Tronstad)

Below is the Polar Puzzle of the Week* for week 10, and the answer is below it.  A new Polar Puzzle for week 11 is on our web page – click on the Education button to see it!

Polar Puzzle 10:  Emporer penguins march to the sea for food from their home on the inland ice. One penguin averaged 4 km per hour on the way to the sea. On the way back along the same route, he averaged only 2 km per hour.  Counting only the time the penguin was moving, what was his average speed?   (Hint: it is not 3 km/hr!)

ANSWER: 2.66 km/hr.  The speed is the total distance divided by the total time. Pick any distance one way, for example 12 km.: it takes the penguin 3 hrs to the sea, and 6 hrs back, a total of 9 hrs to cover 24 km, or 2.66 km/hr.

* Adapted from A.F. Salny, The Mensa Genius Quiz-A-Day book, 1989

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