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(The Sunday Times (UK))   Antarctica has finally been conquered by the car, with scientists and commercial adventure firms creating three new "road" routes from the coast to the South Pole   ( thesundaytimes.co.uk) divider line
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2013-01-22 01:11:17 AM  
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TV's Vinnie: They tried this in the 1930's with the "Antarctic Snow Cruiser". A bus-like vehicle that was part RV camper, part aircraft carrier.

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It's tires were useless against the ice & snow and was abandoned. It was rediscovered in the 40's but later expeditions could find no trace of it, leading to some theories that it either was buried under tons of ice, sunk during melting periods, or was stolen by the Soviets.


Dirk Pitt rediscovered it a few years back. And then crashed it.
2013-01-21 02:56:04 PM  
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Arkanaut: What kind of antifreeze do they use? I just looked up ethylene glycol, and that freezes at 9oF. The average Antarctic winter sees temperatures of below -100oF on average.

Who needs antifreeze when you don't turn off the engine?
2013-01-21 01:58:15 PM  
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We're not overly impressed.
2013-01-21 01:13:45 PM  
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I'm sure the entire article was fascinating
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