Tuesday, November 6, 2007

National Poll: Which is colder? South Poll or North Poll?

South Poll: 62.3%
North Poll: 37.7%
Men: 63.7% 36.3%
Women: 58.7% 41.3%
Prediction Accuracy: 50.1%

Almost an upset. Interesting...

Excerpt from Jennifer Armstrong's Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World:

Just Imagine yourself in the most hostile place on earth. It's not the Sahara or the Gobi Desert. It's not the Arctic. The most hostile place on earth is the Antarctic, the location of the South Pole. North Pole, South Pole--what's the difference? The Arctic is mostly water--with ice on top, of course--and that ice is never more than a few feet thick. But under the South Pole lies a continent that supports glaciers up to two miles in depth. [...] And of all the weather [the world] creates, the weather the Antarctic creates for itself is by far the worst. In the winter, the temperature can sink to 100 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Cold air masses sliding down the sides of the glaciers speed up until they become winds of close to 200 miles per hour.

And I could go on and on quoting the first chapter of the book, but I think you get the picture. It pays to read (or Google it, I guess).

On a side note, Shipwreck is a fascinating read about a crew trying to be the first to reach the South Pole. Along the way they're shipwrecked (bad news after that little snippet above). Not to spoil anything for you (considering it's on the first page of the book, it could hardly be that), but they all survive! It's especially neat, because they had a photographer along with them the whole time, so there's some pretty neat pictures as well. Take a look!

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