[Surfnetkids: 30 Nov 2011] Who Discovered the South Pole?

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#1. November 30, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Although it sometimes feels like December is all about Christmas and Hanukkah, there are some other worthy events on the calendar this month. Here are a few, along with links to my website recommendations.

Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941
Bill of Rights Day, Dec 15, 1791
Boston Tea Party, Dec 16, 1773

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Who Discovered the South Pole?

by Barbara J. Feldman

Who Discovered the South Pole? Printable (** for premium members only)

The South Pole is the southernmost point of the Earth’s surface. It is in Antarctica, at an elevation of 9300 feet, surrounded by miles and miles of icy terrain. It was discovered on December 14, 1911 by Roald Amundsen (1872-1928), who led an expedition of four men, four sleds and fifty-two sled dogs, who all returned safely from their explorations. The second expedition, led by Captain Robert F. Scott (1868-1912) was not as fortunate. After successfully reaching the South Pole, all five men died trying to return to base camp.

American Museum of Natural History: Antarctica
Although this AMNH site is written for teachers, students will find much here to help with homework and research reports. The bulk of the educational content is contained in PDFs that open in small (annoying) pop-up windows, but can be easily printed. In addition to this page about the exploration of Antarctica, there are also sections on Extreme Temperatures, Hazards to Humans and Organisms of Antarctica. “The first man to reach the South Pole, Norwegian Roald Amundsen , explored both the Arctic and the Antarctic.”

Cool Antarctica: Roald Amundsen
“Before the [Roald Amundsen] expedition set off to drift over the North Pole, news reached Amundsen of Peary’s attainment of the their goal. Plans were hastily changed and Amundsen set out to lead the party that would the first to reach the South Pole instead.” Paul Ward, a British teacher, worked for two years as a zoologist in Antarctica, fulfilling a dream that started when he was a teenager. Other valuable clicks include a photo gallery, and an Antarctica fact file.

PBS: Alone on the Ice: Roald Amundsen
“A powerfully built man of over six feet in height, Amundsen was born into a family of merchant sea captains and prosperous ship owners in 1872.” This PBS bio of Roald Amundsen is part of their Alone on the Ice website. Alone on the Ice is a television movie about Commander Richard E. Byrd’s exploration of the Antarctica, but also includes coverage of other famous Arctic and Antarctic explorers, such as Amundsen, Bernt Balchen and Floyd Bennett.

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#5. Surfing the Calendar

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Montgomery Bus Boycott
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Walt Disney’s Birthday
Dec 5, 1901

Ira Gershwin’s Birthday
Dec 6, 1896

Thirteenth Amendment to US Constitution Ratified
Dec 6, 1865

Pearl Harbor Attacked by Japan
Dec 7, 1941

#6. Quote of the Week

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~~ (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) African-American civil rights leader. Click here for more determination quotes.

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