Questions & Answers Wk 02

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Every week Team GoNorth! answers ten questions related to the module topic from student explorers -- so stay tuned and submit YOUR questions!

The first people set foot on Greenland about 4000 years ago. They were ancestors of the Inuit people living around the circumpolar Arctic. They came to Greenland from Canada. What we know is that about 11,000 years ago people from the far east Asia, came from what is now Chukotka in Russia, walked across the Beringia Bridge (where there is now Ocean, now the Bering Strait) to Alaska in the US. Then thousands of years later and over thousands of years, the people migrating, walking, from Alaska into Canada slowly moving east -- to finally then make that crossing over to Greenland 7000 years later! Pretty amazing is it not!

If you look at a map of where the team and the Polar Huskies have traveled in the last five years, you will see they have been with all the different groups of people living in these areas today!

How long ago did people start living in the Arctic?

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ASM Poughkeepsie, New York during the week 2 chat

We will start out by traveling to three communities - the most northern communities in Greenland - on the coast. To do this we will travel with local hunters and their dog teams! In the mean time the Polar Huskies will be at the Thule Air Base with Tim and Andrea. The reason that the Polar Huskies will not travel to the communities is in order that the Polar Huskies will not by-chance meet any of the local Greenlandic sled dogs.   The Greenlandic sled dogs are an amazing breed of huskies, and much is being done to protect them as a breed.

Why are you choosing to travel the interior of Greenland instead of the coast line?

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CRES-1 during the week 2 chat

This is a challenging question!! A lot of incredible research, science and innovation have come from space exploration -- It is hard to imagine today's world without much of it.. from teflon, GPS systems, satellites monitoring everything from CO2 levels to snow cover, satellite maps, the Internet, cell phones to the tang sports drink. We would not know what we do today about the changes taking places in our atmosphere if it was not for the space exploration of the past! But, as with all exploration it is important to keep missions with purpose... The purpose of looking for a 'new planet to live on' because we might be running out of space and resources here on Earth does not seem like an optimal investment -- those resources could be used to correct our ways here on earth! That is what we think -- what do you think. No right or wrong answers here :) Share your thoughts in the Zone. This is exactly what we are investigating these weeks: why explore?!

Do you think exploration in space is important?

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Davies, UK during the week 2 chat

If you take all the northern husky breeds - like Alaskan Malamute, Greenlandic Husky, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Husky, Mackenzie River Husky, and Canadian Eskimo - mix them together, stir in a few huskies from the South Pole, and you will have one of us: a Polar Husky.

Have you been on Lightning's tour of Polar Husky World?

Are all the dogs Siberian Huskies?

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ASM Poughkeepsie, New York during the week 2 chat

We've had all the Polar Huskies since birth. We are very close with them and they are very close with us. We consider them to be part of our family.

Much like you can tell when you brother or sister, mother or father are upset, sad, scared, or nervous...the Polar Huskies can tell when we are feeling those same emotions too. They have a great deal of trust in us and will follow our instructions and directions on which way to go.

If we become scared or nervous, we need to be very careful about how we let those feelings show...we could end up with 23 scared Polar Huskies and depending on the situation, that could make things worse.

As long as we're not scared... they're not scared.

Do the dogs ever get scared? 

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ASM Poughkeepsie, New York during the week 2 chat

If you look at the Route Map you will see the communities we plan to visit. They are labeled with Orange 'Houses'. You can also click on each of the communities on the left-side of that page to learn more about each one!

How many villages will you pass through?

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Chris homeschool, Wisconsin during the week 2 chat

Thanks to Google and some quick searching, we were able to find the answer to this question! :)

During today's chat (Wednesday, March 3 from 10-10:45 AM CT) it was Clear and 29ºF with a windchill of 24ºF at Expedition Basecamp.

In Pituffik, where Thule Air Base is, it was Clear and -12ºF with a windchill of -29ºF.

What are the current temps right now where you are going?

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Hettinger 3rd Grade during the week 2 chat


Nazca is the mother, aunt, grandmother or greatgrandmother of everyone going to Greenland this year! Chitwa is the youngest dog in the kennel. He was born in October of 2007.

Have you seen the movie What makes a Polar Husky? Those little puppies are Chukchi, Kinupok, Luna, Pingo, Qannik, Sisu, Sunrise, and Yoik!

Do the Polar Huskies have puppies?

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Mrs. Gore

No, we have never been lost such that we were not able to find our way. But we have been in a situation, where we have decided to make camp to analyze if we were where we thought, and which way to continue.

While we are traveling we make very sure we constantly know where we are on the map, using our compass and vision; as well as if necessary our GPS (global positioning system). We have tried that the GPS told us wrong information, that we miscalculated our compass and that we had to back track.

Check out Compass in the Polar Husky A to Z for more on navigation.

Has any one ever gotton lost going on the expedtion? If they have, How?

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Megan N.

Our plan is to travel 1000 miles!

Are you going to move 1000 miles with us in the Polar Husky Challenge?

How far will you be traveling once you are in Greenland?

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Jessica A.