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THE COLDEST PLACE ON EARTH (Trans-Antarctica] R.B. Thomson 1969 Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By Thomson, R.B.
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Austraila, A. H. And A. W. Reed, 1969, 1st edition. 192 pp, b/w photos, mapped end papers. Blue cloth hardcover with navy titles and slightly chipped dust jacket, else Fine.

Story of the 1962 Wilkes-Volstock Travese. A vivid story of science, friendship, and harsh conditions on Antarctica. 

The Wilkes-Vostok Antarctic Traverse of 1962. 

The Vostok traverse was a 3000 kilometre four-month trip across Antarctica undertaken by ANARE the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition in 1962. Using two bright red painted 1943 World War II M29 Weasel tracked vehicles and two 1950 D4 Caterpillar Inc. tractors the 6-man expedition left Wilkes Base on the coast for the Russian Vostok Station deep in the Antarctic interior. Much of the journey was over previously unexplored territory. The Weasels achieved 2 miles to the gallon and the tractors one mile per gallon, so a fuel dump was requested from the American McMurdo Station. 

It is possible that by measuring distance in kilometers, and measuring fuel use in miles per gallon, they were like that space station that had some nuts and bolts in metric, and some in standard. 

When they arrived they found the Russians had evacuated the station 12 months beforehand in such haste that food had been left half cooked on the stove. The generators were started up and the snap-frozen steaks were finished and eaten by the team. The trip ranks as one of Australia's most historic traverses.

Who names these books? The coldest place on our blue planet is a village in Siberia called Oymyakon. ''By winter average temperatures, it is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement on Earth.'' There is a nice video on YouTube about how the children in the village get to school in -50c temperature. If the school bus is over 10 minutes late, the children have to go home, walking maybe a mile, in fresh snow. If they kept waiting they would die. 



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