User:Aideenuow/British explorers complete world first row to North Pole

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Friday, August 26, 2011

File photo of Arctic Ocean.
Image: CIA World Factbook.

A five-man team of British explorers have become the first people to row to the magnetic North Pole, on an expedition to showcase the impact of climate change in the area.

During the 450-mile trip (724 kilometers), the crew collected scientific research to provide new environmental data on the effect of arctic deterioration. Greater than usual seasonal ice-melt in the Arctic regions made the trip possible.

"Whether this is cyclical, whether this is because we are pumping too much CO2 into the atmosphere, it is happening nonetheless. We want to demonstrate to people there's a problem up there," said Jock Wishart, leader of the Old Pulteney Row To The Pole.

The team started the journey on July 29 in Resolute Bay in the Canadian Arctic, and experienced collisions with icebergs, polar bears, and a seal attack. The journey took longer than intended, due to ice problems toward the end.

"It is an enormous achievement, and a privilege for our team to have been part of what is one of the world's last great firsts," said Wishart.

The crew was made up of Jock Wishart, Billy Gammon, Rob Sleep, David Mans, Mark Delstanche and round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont.


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