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Well, that just burst a bubble. I never thought summer comes around over there. :)
Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents 70% of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it) Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.


....Just part of the education process about where PA is.
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As cold as it is over there and that water is liquid--it seems like a paradox? doesn't it? Where was he traveling to today in Antartica if he went to china place yesterday??
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Here are two more pics of Albert from the last days,
the second one was taken in Chile before his departure:

** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 **

And here's a link to a short video from George Island on
January 5, 2009

Voyage Antarctique 2009 - Le Prince Albert II sur l'île du Roi George >> ETA by Warren: the Palais Princier appears to have removed the video, 15.2.09.
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ii-i-i-is that the "only" way to get accross from one side to another?? oh-h-h my, they need a rope to keep them safe. yiikes. what about high tide or blizzards. Guess they don't go out then if weather is like that. That water so perfectly pure and clean how beautiful. Can't imagine such a place like thaat having so many rocks inside the water?? that's surprising especially since there is such an expanse of water area. at one time must have been an active geological area, do you suppose??
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Pics 9.1.2009

Prince Albert II of Monaco and one of Antarctic Logistics and
Expeditions (ALE) directors David Rootes, near the Patriot Hills
base camp, Antarctica, Friday Jan 9, 2009

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Don't they have dog sleds for dragging this stuff around??? Of course there is a relief we actually do see more than a few snow flakes or a boulder of snow in this pics!! wheeew!!!
PA must be a superb athletically inclined individual. however, still one would think a dog sled would be in order? do you suppose? Unless the dogs are too much to take care of and would alter the landscape and attention to the area. in which case, c-a-r-r-y o-n
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Prince Albert II of Monaco and one of Antarctic Logistics and
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** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 **
Question: Is it U.S. station?...
looking at Albert's activities it seem they will use human snow sleds to get to the South Pole.
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Looking at Albert's activities it seem they will use human snow sleds to get to the South Pole.
Not on your life! The continent covers over 14 million sq km making it 1.5 times the size of the USA. Antartica occupies approximately 9% of the world's land surface. If you're interested, more can be learned at Cool Antartica. The group will probably use a combination of transportation that is suitable for the continent.
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Mah-velous simply Mah-velous whaaat a h-u-u-g-e relief that they are not doing the human dogsled thing--honestly we had 'no" idea Antartica was thaat big. talk about bringing new meaning to frostbite yiikes.
Personally, under those horrid cold and weather conditions and atmospheric conditions even the most astute athlete would be putting themselves in harms way doing the human dog sled thing.
So, using transport even with a small carbon foot print is far wiser and quicker than the human sled alternative. Sm douglas you "are" a master of knowledge about the antartic region, goood job on info. Although personally a palm tree and some wine is much more my idea of a good time. But hey, looks like the 'polars" are the recreation of choice and are "the" place to be (besides the polar creatures are sooo cute)sooo, carry on !!!
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hopefully they aren't going to draaag those things too far. As flat as that land appears even at top speed they couldn't possibly be covering much land? Is the air thinner in Antartica than in other places in world? does anyone know??
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Great news - Albert has made it!

Prince Albert II of Monaco with Monaco's flag at the South Pole, 14
January 2009. Prince Albert II of Monaco is the first acting head of
state to have visited all five continents including North and South
Pole during his term of office. He reached the North Pole five years
ago with dog sleighs, he arrived at the South Pole on skis on 14
January 2009. Prince Albert intends to call attention to the
consequences of the climate change with this rather unusual
business trip.

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All this is very good, am I thinking with a little grim, but what about Charlene?
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All this is very good, am I thinking with a little grim, but what about Charlene?
You can read about her and Albert on:

Prince Albert and Charlene's Relationship - Part 2, and
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock Current Events - Part 4
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iceflower says--Great news - Albert has made it!

Can anyone tell us if they stayed in tents on way to south pole to make it to this point?? So, since they made it to the South pole then will it be that the rest of the time will be used to travel to other places along the way??? Also, while you are at it, can 'anyone' tell us how many miles on skiis PA and crews travelled on ski's?? Even an answer to one of these questions would be of interest to all of us!
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Wonder, each of those guys is PA?


So, PA made it
Glistening Seas, you are asking all good questions about his ski trip. It is really interesting to know if Albert and his team stayed in tents overnight.
Temp. were -40F. And skiing two days seems exhausting.I wish the article says how many miles they skied...Maybe someone has more news
The Associated Press: Monaco's Prince Albert II visits South Pole

There is also another pic of Albert. Does anyone know where it was done? It does not look like South Pole...
AFP: Monaco's Prince Albert reaches South Pole
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There is also another pic of Albert. Does anyone know where it was done? It does not look like South Pole...
AFP: Monaco's Prince Albert reaches South Pole
The pic in that link was taken at the beginning of Albert's trip
on George Island on January 5, 2009. You can see more
pics like this on the first page of this thread.


Here's a link with some great pics from the trip and some examples:

** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 **

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Prince Albert - telephone link from Antarctica to schoolchildren in Cannes

Cannes.maville.com De l'Antarctique, le prince s'adresse aux enfants

There will be another live telephone link on Jan. 20th, this time with pupils from the Lycée Albert I in Monaco, but at the Oceanogaphic Museum.
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News Summary Royalblog.nl: Prince Albert reaches the South Pole

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I am glad Prince Albert has made it!

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Wonder, each of those guys is PA?
The one with blue jacket and the balck pants, of course!
Well, comparing the pics and looking at the colour of the "thing" he was carrying, I would say Albert probably is the one on the left.
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