Wednesday, December 14, 2011

100 years of South Pole

A century ago the Norwegian Roald Amundsen reaches the no man's land

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    Norwegian Prime Minister along with about a hundred personalities, scholars and lovers of the challenges today celebrated the centennial of the discovery of the southernmost point on the planet.

    The South Pole Roald Amundsen Norwegian steps. He and his team used the occasion to draw attention to the effects of global warming, told AFP.

    On December 14, 1911 Norwegian explorer and four companions from his expedition first stick Norwegian flag pole after an epic race with Briton Robert Scott, who found their death there.

    "We are here to celebrate one of the most impressive feats of mankind," said Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg - the second head of government visited the South Pole after   Helen Clark from
New Zealand, who was here in 2007

    Here are also to highlight the importance of this icy continent in the study of global warming, adding he told investigators in a major U.S. base 'Amundsen-Scott ", which is located next to the geographic South Pole.

    During the brief ceremony, Stoltenberg, like Amundsen, the Norwegian flag stuck in the ice and opened an ice statue of the famous explorer. Hapless British officer Scott and his men were not forgotten. They paid with their lives and their names will remain forever recorded in history, Stoltenberg said, recalling the bravery, courage and determination of polar explorers to reach one of the most inhospitable places on Earth.

    Scott and his four companions reached the pole on January 17, 1912 - a month after the Norwegian expedition, but taking into reverse die from cold, exhaustion and hunger, recalled yesterday.