Friday, December 30, 2011

100 years of Antarctica discovery

Norway's prime minister and several hundred scientists and adventurers have gathered at the South Pole to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's first successful expedition to the world's most southerly point.

The sound of skis on snow as a group of Norwegians take the final few steps to the southern pole.Not everyone could make it - bad weather had delayed some of those trying to cross the ice and others resorted to planes to make the centenary celebrations.Amundsen and four other men were the first to reach the southern tip of the planet on December 14th 1911, usingsledges, dogs and skis.The Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, who arrived by plane ahead of the celebrations, said the 1911 expedition was "one of the mostoutstanding achievements of mankind", and helped to form his country's national identity.He also paid tribute to the ill-fated British team led by Robert Scott who Amundsen beat to the pole.They had shown "courage and determination", he said, "in reaching one of the most inhospitable places on earth", and had paid the"ultimate price" after they died on the return journey.

Neil Bowdler

resorted to

son çare olarak başvurmak, sığınmak, yardım almak



outstanding achievement

sıradışı başarı

national identity

ulusal kimlik


kadersiz, şanssız

beat to

önce varmak





inhospitable place

yaşanması zor olan, davetkar olmayan yer

ultimate price

son, büyük bedel

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