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北师大版高中英语第三册课文朗读: lesson 32

[by:www.TingVOA.com - VOA英语网][00:00.00]如果你喜欢VOA英语网(www.Tingvoa.com),请介绍给更多的同学哦[00:00.10]lesson 32 Antarctic Expedition[00:1.00]The Race to the Pole[00:2.00]On I June,1910,Captain Scott left London to begin his Antarctic expedition.[00:3.00]On his way,he received a telegram from the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen:[00:4.00]"I'm going South."So the race to the South Pole was on![00:5.00]During the polar summer of 19101911,[00:6.00]both teams organised food depots in preparation[00:7.00]for their expeditions the following year.[00:8.00]Then came the total darkness of the polar winter.[00:9.00]Scott and Amundsen waited impatiently for the first signs of spring.[00:10.00]Amundsen was the first to leave,on 15 October,1911.[00:11.00]He had team of dogs pulling the sledges and all his men were on skis.[00:12.00]Because of this,he made rapid progress.[00:13.00]Scott left on 1 November and soon had problems.[00:14.00]First,his two motor sledges broke down,[00:15.00]and then the ponies began to have serious difficulties with the snow and the cold.[00:16.00]After a while,Scott and his men had to push the sledges themselves.[00:17.00]Amundsen reached the Pole on 14 December and put a Norwegian flag there.[00:18.00]Then he prepared for the return journey.[00:19.00]Scott finally arrived at the Pole with four companions on 17 January.[00:20.00]They were devastated when they saw the Norwegian flag.[00:21.00]Scott wrote bitterly in his diary:[00:22.00]"Well,we have now lost the goal of our ambition[00:23.00]and must face 800 miles of hard pushing and goodbye to most of our dreams."[00:24.00]The return journey was one of the worst in the history of exploration.[00:25.00]The men were son exhausted and were running out of food.[00:26.00]The weather conditions were terrible.[00:27.00]Scott started to realise their desperate situation:[00:28.00]"Amongst ourselves we are very cheerful,[00:29.00]but what each man feels in his heart I can only guess.[00:30.00]Putting on our shoes in the morning is getting slower and slower."[00:31.00]Despite this,on their way back they found time to look for rocks and fossils.[00:32.00]They carried 20 kilos of rocks all the way with them.[00:33.00]Later,these rocks proved that at one time in the distant past[00:34.00]Antarctica was covered by plants.[00:35.00]However,disaster soon struck.[00:36.00]Edgar Evans had terrible frostbite and died after a bad fall.[00:37.00]The next to go was Captain Oates,[00:38.00]who was having great difficulty walking.[00:39.00]Scott recorded his death:[00:40.00]"He said,'I am just going outside and I may be some time.'[00:41.00]We knew that poor Oates was walking to his death,[00:42.00]but though we tried to stop him,[00:43.00]we knew that it was the act of a brave man and an English gentleman.[00:44.00]We all hope to meet the end with a similar spirit,[00:45.00]and certainly the end is not far."[00:46.00]Scott and two companions carried on[00:47.00]and got withineleven miles of one of their food depots.[00:48.00]But then a terrible storm started and they could not leave their tent.[00:49.00]Scott spent some of his last hours writing.[00:50.00]He wrote a letter full of sadness to his wife Kathleen:[00:51.00]"To my Widow,I could tell you lots and lots about this journey.[00:52.00]What stories you would have for the boy..But what a price to pay."[00:53.00]Scott's final diary entry told the story of their end:[00:54.00]"The depot is only 11 miles away,[00:55.00]but I do not think we can hope for any better things now.[00:56.00]We are getting weaker and weaker and he end can't be far.[00:57.00]It seems a pity,but I do not think I can write more."[00:58.00]The news of Scott's death shocked the world.[00:59.00]He had failed to win the race to the Pole,[1:00.00]but the remarkable courage shown by Captain Scott and his men made tham into heroes. 来自:VOA英语网 文章地址: http://www.tingvoa.com/html/20180208/535244.html