While the South Pole lies on a continental land mass, the North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean amidst waters that are almost permanently covered with constantly shifting sea ice. This makes it impractical to construct a permanent station at the North Pole.
The sea depth at the North Pole has been measured at 4,261 m (13,980 ft). The nearest land is usually said to be Kaffeklubben Island, off the northern coast of Greenland about 700 km (430 mi) away. The nearest permanently inhabited place is Alert in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada, which is located 817 kilometres (508 mi) from the Pole.
Originally posted by SUICIDEHK45
Wasn't there a thread not too long ago about the airlines forcing people to close their windows when flying over the north pole? I'm pretty sure I read that here.......or in WIRED magazine? Not sure I'll start looking.
LIMA covers the entire continent except from the South Pole at 90 degrees south to 82.5 degrees south latitude, where Landsat has no coverage because of its near-polar orbit. To provide a continental view, the image above has LIMA 3, 2, 1 overlaying the MODIS Mosaic of Antarctica (MOA).
Originally posted by muzzleflash
How come all of the ocean water doesn't pour down into the hole?
I am open minded but at the same time I am skeptical. And I have pertinent questions that require resolution.
I honestly think the water would pour all into that big hole, and drain the worlds oceans.
What mechanism prevents this from occurring?edit on 4-3-2011 by muzzleflash because: (no reason given)
On July 23, 2010 a solo aviator, Wayne Maynard, launched from Dallas Executive Airport for a flight to the North Pole. On August 2, 2010, he returned safely to Dallas Executive Airport, New City Terminal, Dallas, TX.
Originally posted by rebeldog
reply to post by muzzleflash
centrifugal force could be what keeps the water from all "flowing into" the center. do we know that the water doesn't flow through the center as it does around the planet? hydraulic pressure may provide the answer. as a hydraulic engineer (pump man) i have seen fluids flow in odd directions under pressure.