Duel in the Antarctic María Benítez de la Fuente 3ºESO A
One hundred year ago, the NorwegianAmundsen and the British Scott delivered adramatic race to reach the South Pole. Amundsen Scott (1872-1928) (1868-1912)
Amundsen only wanted to arrive at his aimed point. Sohe got the bests skiers and sleigh drivers too. Scott ledan investigation program with scientists unexperiencedin the snow. Amundsen made use of dogs for pullingthe sleighs and Scott took horses and snowmobiles.
The Norwegians wore skins. The British woreovercoats and sweaters which were not goodinsulators.
On the nineteenth of October in 1911, theNorwegians left with five people in four sleighswith fifty-five dogs.One week later, Scott left with tenhorses, sixteen people and thirty- two dogs.On the fifteenth of November, Amundsen leftfor the “Trasantartics Mountains”. TheNorwegians were five hundred kilometers aheadof the British.On the fourth of December, when Scott arrivedat the foot of these mountains, Amundsen roseto the tableland.
On the fourteenth of December in 1911, theNorwegians arrived at the Antarctic. They stucktheir flag and they left a letter for Scott.On the sixteenth of January, when Scott wastwenty-four kilometers of his aim, he saw aNorwegian flag.
The British had to come back without victory.On the seventeenth of February, Evans died dueto exhaustion and cold.On the seventeenth of March, Oates died in asnowstorm.
Scott, Wilson and Bowers continued, but theydied in a tent because of a very intensesnowstorm.On the twelfth of November in 1912 a rescueteam found the tent with their frozen bodiesand their diaries. In the sleigh there were manygeographic samples.
The last entry in the diary of Scott, on thenineteenth March in 1912, was:“We shall fight until the end but we are gettingweaker of course and the end cannot be far. It isa pity but I do not think I can write more.Robert ScottFor God’s sake, look after our people”