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On November 18, 1820, an American seal hunter named Nathaniel Brown Palmer became the first American to lay eyes upon mainland Antarctica. He is considered to be one of three primary candidates to have discovered the frozen continent. Palmer proclaimed the frozen terrain before him to be Palmer Land, and the Palmer Archipelago still carries his name. Come along with Tidbits as we visit Antarctica!

ANTARCTICA FACTS • The lowest reliably measured temperature of a continuously occupied station on Earth was −128.6°F on July 21, 1983 at Vostok Station. • In summer, the population of Antarctica averages about 5,000. In winter, it drops to 1,000. About 40,000 tourists visit each year. There are no permanent residents. • Antarctica is the only continent without a time zone. The scientists who reside there go by either the time of their home land or the supply line that brings them supplies. • Antarctica is the world's largest desert. In Antarctica's Dry Valleys, it hasn't rained for more than 2 million years. The ground and climate so closely resemble the surface of Mars that NASA did testing there for the Viking mission. Turn the page for more!

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• Hugh Blackwall Evans was the first Canadian to spend a winter in Antarctica. • Evans was born in England in 1874 and moved to Canada at the age of 16. After attending an agricultural school in the Northwest Territories, he spent the next three years as a hired hand on a cattle ranch. He returned to Britain in 1897 where he landed a job on a sailing brig called the Edward which embarked on a sealing expedition to Desolation Island. Desolation Island is one of the most isolated points on the planet, located more than 2,000 miles away from the nearest populated place. It's situated halfway between the Australian continent and Antarctica. Evans' job was to collect specimens for display in a museum. • Because of this experience, Evans was hired to be the assistant zoologist for the British Antarctic Expedition in 1898. The Norwegian born captain, Carstn Borchgrevink, was determined to be the first expedition to spend the entire winter on the Antarctic continent. This was also the first expedition that pioneered the use of sled dogs in Antarctic travel. • They embarked in August of 1898 in a ship called the Southern Cross. The ship dropped off 75 sled dogs, a winter's worth of supplies, and ten men (including Evans) at Cape Adare, the northwestmost extremity of the Ross Sea coastline. Once camp was established, the Southern Cross sailed away, leaving the men alone on the Antarctic for the duration of the winter. The men constructed a hut that was 15 feet square which was the first building on Antarctica. Additional huts provided storage space and shelter for the dogs.

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• When the main zoologist died of intestinal problems half way through the winter, he became the first person buried in Antarctica (with the help of dynamite to dig the grave) and Evans took over as the main zoologist. • During this time there were two near-fatal incidents, once when a candle left burning beside a bunk set fire to the hut and caused extensive damage, and another time when three of the party were nearly asphyxiated by coal fumes as they slept. • The man kept themselves busy by taking scientific observations, exercising the dogs when weather permitted, and soaking in an improvised sauna in a snowbank outside the hut. Still, boredom was rampant. It was 11 months before the Southern Cross returned for them. Before returning the England, they explored the Ross Sea and set a new record for the farthest south ever reached by humans. • They returned to England where they received a lukewarm reception. Captain Borchgrevink was, after all, half Norwegian and only half British. The geographical society of London had been planning a similar expedition and was upset that Borchgrevink had beaten them to the punch. Borchgrevink's book about the expedition, First on the Antarctic Continent, was published the following year. • Hugh Blackwall Evans returned to Canada where he married, had two children, and raised cattle for many years. In 1923 he became a founder of the Alberta Wheat Pool and eventually retired in Vermilion, Alberta where he helped establish the Anglican Church. • He died in February of 1975 after being awarded the Polar Medal as the oldest living explorer from the heroic era. He was 100 years old.

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• Penguins have never been seen at the North Pole. However, they do live near the Equator. Penguins live in many places such as on the ice off the Antarctic continent, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and even as for north as the Galapagos Island which is near the Equator. All of these areas are touched by cold ocean currents, which the birds love. They refuse to cross warm currents.

• If you live in Arkansas, you can reflect on the fact that your state is home to the only dia- • Those who study such things mond mine in North America. say that a $1 million lottery • Popular Science magazine prize is actually worth about once dipped its toes into pre- $468,000, once taxes and fees dictions -- and got it all wrong. are deducted. In 1898, it published an article • The next time you're visitstating, "The energy necessary ing Great Britain and someto propel [an airplane] would one offers you a dish called be many times greater than powsowdy, you might want to that required to drive a train of politely decline. Unless you're cars at the same speed; hence an adventurous eater, a broth as a means of rapid transit, fly- made from sheep's heads probing could not begin to compete ably won't appeal. with the railroad." The maga*** zine can be forgiven its lack of foresight, though, considering Thought for the Day: "If you the fact that the first powered haven't got anything nice to airplane flight didn't even oc- say about anybody, come sit next to me." -- Alice Roosevelt cur until five years later. Longworth © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

• Penguins return to the very same nest year after year, building it up with new stones in a ring. When they return to their nesting grounds each year, the old nest is buried under several feet of snow. Still, the penguins know exactly where it is located and will place additional stones on top of the ice. When the snow melts, the new stones will be laying exactly on top of the old ones.

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• Penguins raise their families a little differently than most animals— the male is the one who incubates the egg while the female is totally out of the picture. The female lays the egg on the ice, then immediately takes to the ocean and is not seen again for the next two months or so while she feeds in warmer waters. The male holds the egg on the top of his feet and under a special pouch of blubber. He neither eats nor moves much as he incubates the egg through the two months of the worst winter weather. When the chick hatches, he feeds it a milk-like substance produced in his crop, and the chick eats from his throat. Only then does the female return, and the male goes to sea to replenish his blubber while she takes over. When he returns, they share the business of feeding Junior. If both parents are out fishing, the chick will be left in the care of another adult babysitter. Rookeries can contain more than a million birds. Since each pair lay only one egg per year, populations have a hard time recovering from disaster.


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entire operation to Moline, • The emperor penguin is theIllinois. largest Ashamed species at lack of100 education, John his 4of ft. his tall own and nearly lbs. They aresent thought children to the state’s finest schools. One of to be the only species of bird that never sets his proudest days occurred when son Charles foot on land. They can stay underwater for earned20 theminutes equivalent an MBA from Bell’s around at aoftime. Commercial College in Chicago.

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