(the traditional query of a flummoxed pig)
I HAVE OFTEN
wondered. The answer though, is self-obvious. No?
Have a quick squizz at this wee snap copied from an webbie I haven’t even finished reading yet (I like to reveal my ignorance whilst still fresh):
Interestingly enough it ties in with my also still unfinished—thus flabbergasting—copy of Hapgood’s“ “Maps Of The Ancient Sea Kings”.“.
is who exactly determined which way is ‘west’ in Antarctica? And why ’tis so, and how the hell does anyone in the field (ok, on the ice) use it?
Stop for a moment and consider a hypothetical case … there you are with your buddies in a wee tent right on the unarguable South Pole, having overnighted. And feeling a desperate need to answer a call of nature, you rug up and bimble out with your wee (ouch) shovel. You slither just a few hundred yards/meters and do your thing, but the unexpected snow flurrying now completely obliterates your tracks. Not good. But never fear, you have your trusty radio and (God be praised~!) it is working. You call your buddies for help, and (God be praised~!) they answer …
“Okay, Argus. Shuddup and simmer down; you went which way to do what—?”
You explain again, as patiently as the every-increasing frostbites will allow, you went north just a few hundred yards—
“Okay, Buddy, we goddit—you went north. Here we come …”
So: what do you give your chances now?
In full clear daylight I’d give possibly a score or so chances in three hundred and sixty; and that without relying on the blasted compass. How so?
In the dark, or in ‘inclement’ conditions … you’d have been much better off unrolling a ball of string behind you, or even better, doing what needed be done within the tent and to hell with everyone’s sensitivities. No?
which way is north?
SO HOW THE HELL
did ‘they’ figure out which is the west and which the east, especially at the pole itself?
I still think that if you are at the south pole, you are facing north; easy peasy.