The headsouth team arrived at the Parallel 89 drop off point this afternoon and have trekked 2km in one hour to where they have set up camp for the night. It is -43ºC and some of the team members have struggled pulling the weight of their sleds in the altitude. They will need to average 8 nautical miles a day to make it to the South Pole in time to meet the plane, so they will need to acclimatize quickly!
What makes the Antarctic Environment so tough?
The South Pole is a an altitude of 9,300 feet (2,800m) but feels like 11,000 feet (3,400m), as the centrifugal force from the spin of the planet pulls the atmosphere away from the poles and towards the equator. The South Pole is colder than the North Pole primarily because of the elevation difference and for being in the middle of a continent.
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