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Antarctica

Bergie Seltzer

The sound of bubbles can be heard near the iceberg. An iceberg is a section of glaciers in which trapped air bubbles have been compressed by the pressure of the ice. When such ice begins to melt below the surface of the water, the air bubbles are released, expanding rapidly in the process. The effect is similar to dissolving an effervescent tablet in water and is called “Bergie Seltzer” by polar explorers, by analogy to the popular Alka Seltzer tablets. 1)

Every direction is north

Standing at the South Pole, we cannot look east, west, or south. At the South Pole, every direction is north. 2)

Buildings on stilts

At the Amundsen-Scott Polar Station, buildings stand on stilts to keep them from being buried by snow. For many years, the main problem for the residents of the polar station was the snow that quickly accumulated on the walls of all the buildings erected, and which constantly had to be removed. 3)

Queen Maud Land

Queen Maud Land was discovered in January 1930 by Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen and Finn Lützow-Holm, during the expedition of the ship Norvegia. It was named after the Norwegian Queen Maud, wife of the then reigning King Haakon VII. 4)

Freez 'Em All

On December 8, 2013, Metallica played a concert in Antarctica for over an hour, entitled “Freez 'Em All”. With this concert, Metallica managed to accomplish quite a feat: they played on every continent in the world in 2013. The achievement was recognized in the 60th edition of the Guinness Book of Records. 5)

antarctica.txt · Last modified: 2021/08/04 04:37 by aga