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Two Belgium Explorers Reach North Pole Milestone

by admin ~ April 26th, 2007

The spring polar expedition round-up adds another milestone to the list. As reported in Far North Science and the Arctic Arc expedition website, two Belgium explorers (Alain Hubert and Dixie Dansercoer) reach the North Pole after 578 miles and 54 days of travel from the north coast of Siberia. They now depart on the last and final leg of their journey, and will travel 2100 miles to reach the southernmost tip of Greenland by June. In total, they will have traveled an astounding 4,300 kilometers (2,700 miles) in one season. The expedition is connected to the International Polar Foundation, and looks to measure snow depths, and record how global warming and climate change are effecting the lives of people, animals, and ice in the North. Eight expeditions are linked to the Polar Foundation’s website:

  • The Arctic Arc: To celebrate the International Polar year 2007-2008, Alain Hubert and Dixie Dansercoer will attempt a traverse from Siberia to Greenland on skis.
  • Tara Arctic: The French schooner, Tara, has been assigned a great polar challenge: to drift on the Arctic pack ice for two years, starting September 2006, and while so doing, celebrate the IPY (International Polar Year).
  • Total Pole Airship: Jean-Louis Etienne is getting ready for a new adventure. After his expedition to Clipperton with the aim of drawing up a report on the state of nature of this unknown atoll, the renowned French explorer returns to the North Pole.
  • Wide Arctic: Wide Arctic is a travel on the east coast of Baffin Island, in northern Canada. This trek serves to support an educational program aiming to introduce children aged 10 to 12 to global warming and sustainable development.
  • North Pole Quest: Richard Weber, Iain Morpeth and Adrian Hayes are attempting the trek Ward Hunt – geographical North Pole, with one resupply (march until end of April).
  • Arctic Ocean 2007: Famous female explorers Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen are on the move again. This time, they will attempt an unsupported trek from Ward Hunt to the North Pole.
  • Mars North Pole Solo: In March 2007, British female explorer Rosie Stancer will fly to Ward Hunt Island on the northern tip of Canada and set off on her epic journey across the frozen Arctic Ocean. She wants to be the first woman in the world to walk solo to the North Pole.
  • Global Warming 101 Expedition: Educators and explorers Will Steger, John Stetson, Elizabeth Andre and Abby Fenton will join four Inuit hunters on a 1200-mile,four-month-long dogsled expedition across the Canadian Arctic’s Baffin Island.

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