December 29, 2011 [Audio Journal] At the AGO
At AGO 4
We finally made it to the AGO! I am no longer at 90 degrees South Latitude! Our team is now about 550 miles from the South Pole. We are also higher. The South Pole had an elevation of 2746 meters and AGO 4 has an elevation of 3,527 meters (roughly 11,600 feet!). That is 2,000 feet higher, which means the altitude is even thinner and it will be harder to breathe. Also, the fact that Antarctica is so cold makes the altitude feel even higher. Luckily our team is packing the Gamow bag!
For the next week (assuming we don't get stuck here due to bad weather), I will be sleeping in a tent near the AGO. Our instruments are housed in the AGO structure. We will also cook our meals there. Since it is heated, it is a nice haven from the cold!
The AGO 4 Team
Although it will be more challenging here than at the South Pole Station, I feel lucky to be with such a great team! In case you forgot who was with me down here, here's our AGO team:
Would you rather be at an AGO site or the South Pole? Why or why not?
What are the advantages of being at the AGO? What are the disadvantages?
If there are about 3.3 feet in one meter, how high is the South Pole in feet? How high is AGO 4 in feet?