North Pole Quiz
When standing at the North Pole, where do all directions point?
- All directions are south from the North Pole as all lines of longitude meet there.
What is the approximate sea depth of the North Pole?
- Though the water is virtually always covered in thick ice floes, the Arctic Ocean beneath is very deep.
What was the name of the Ancient Greek mariner who first tried to reach the fabled northern lands?
- The Greeks theorized the existence of a frozen land to the North and tried reaching it from 325 BC, without much success.
Who first discovered the North Pole?
- Though other explorers have been the contested discoverers of the North Pole, including Robert Peary and William Parry, Amundsen was the first recorded man to fly over the pole in 1926.
The North Pole is also called…
- The geographic North point of the globe sits at the Terrestrial North Pole, where the axis of Earth’s rotation sits on the surface of the crust.
What was the first country to build a station at the North Pole?
- Then called the Soviet Union, Russia built the first ice station at the North Pole, located about 12 miles away and called North Pole-1.
Which country does the North Pole now lie within the boundaries of?
- The North Pole is not currently under any country’s control, instead being an international body with an excluded economic zone around it.
What else is the North Dip Pole known as?
- This is because if you stand overtop of the position of magnetic North with a compass, the needle will dip downwards because of the magnetic pull.
Approximately how far off is the Magnetic North Pole from the Geographic North Pole?
- The key difference between the two is that the Geographic North Pole is where all lines of longitude meet, whereas the Magnetic North Pole lies in Northern Canada and is the site where lines of attraction enter the Earth’s surface.
Which of the following animals will you not find at the North Pole?
- Penguins are not just constrained to living in Antarctica, but they cannot live in the North Pole because there is not enough open water for them to hunt in.