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"The Arctic is the near space": students are preparing to conquer the North pole

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The Arctic is getting closer. In any case, for 14 Moscow schoolchildren who are preparing to go to the North pole as part of the 11th Great Arctic expedition. On the eve of the start, seven of them - boys and girls aged 16-17 years - crossed the wormwood in the Big Stroginsky Zaton. So passed the final stage of preparation of the detachment "pole" before the conquest of the Arctic ice on skis.

This body of water, of course, is not the Arctic ocean, and the April air temperature in Moscow is higher than in the Arctic. The length of the hole - only about 10 meters, and the depth here - no more than 2 meters. However, this training allows the children to work out the skills of overcoming obstacles on the water, to hone the technique of swimming, as well as psychologically prepare for the first step in the icy ocean - the chances of meeting on the route of wormwood are great.

A bright wetsuit is worn right over the winter outfit. Swim on your back it is not very convenient - you can easily roll over. But this suit provides insulation and protects against possible damage. In addition, it is very light - so as not to add weight to the already heavy clothes.

All members of the expedition have been carefully selected. Michael Abalain is one of those who checked their hand in the conditions close to the Arctic. The lad was 100 km on skis through the snow Karelia - after such tests, any pole on the shoulder. "My main fear is that I will not meet a polar bear. I really want to see him," - said Misha.

The permanent leader of youth expeditions to the Arctic is the famous traveler Matvey Shparo. He is convinced that young men and women who are preparing for the launch can be compared to astronauts.

- After all, the Arctic is the near space. It is the nature which is unambiguously hostile to the person. She was opposed to open 100-200 years ago, the same thing now remained. Blizzard - as it was, and is, a frost a minus thirty, minus forty was, and is. Crazy winds, crazy hummocks. I think that the guys will face the same difficulties that Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen met. But due to the fact that they are together, due to the fact that they will be close to enough experienced leaders, everything should go well.

Matvey Shparo is the son of the famous polar Explorer Dmitry Shparo, whose expedition was the first in the world to reach the North pole on skis back in 1979. The family tradition continues, and 40 years later the daughter of Matvey Shparo Katya is going to the Arctic. Girl she has dreamed about polar snows with early childhood. According to her, physical difficulties frighten a little: the main thing - psychological spirit and support of the team. Answering the question, which of the historical figures should be guided by young people, Katya highlights the pioneers of Antarctica Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev, as well as cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. "We, of course, will not be the first, but still - to the North pole reach units," she said.

Students will go to conquer the glaciers on April 10. In parallel with the group "the pole" will run another expedition and research. The guys from the detachment "Barneo" will put experiments on the drifting station, measure the sunshine and the temperature of the Arctic ocean, and then share their discoveries in schools.


 

Source: https://rg.ru/2019/04/05/arktika-eto-blizhnij-kosmos-shkolniki-gotoviatsia-pokoriat-severnyj-polius-video.html

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