NCE2-L43 Over the South Pole 飞越南极PPT

How was the plane able to clear the mountains?

In 1929,three years after his flight over the North Pole, the American explorer,

R.E.Byrd,successfully flew over the South Pole for the first time. Though, at first,

Byrd and his men were able to take a great many photographs of the mountains that lay below, they soon ran into serious trouble. At one point, it seemed certain that their plane would crash. It could only get over the mountains if it rose to 10,000 feet.Byrd at once ordered his men to throw out two heavy food sacks. The plane was

then able to rise and it cleared the mountains by 400 feet.Byrd now knew that he

would be able to reach the South Pole which was 300 miles away, for there were no

more mountains in sight. The aircraft was able to fly over the endless white plains

without difficulty.

New words and expressions 生词和短语

pole n.(地球的)极 seem v.似乎,好像

flight n.飞行 crash v.坠毁

explorer n.探险家 sack n.袋子

lie v.处于 clear v.越过

serious adj.严重的 aircraft n.飞机

point n.地点 endless adj.无尽的

plain n.平原

Notes on the text 课文注释

1 the North Pole,北极;the South Pole,南极

2 a great many photograph,大量照片。

3 they soon ran into serious trouble,他们很快陷入了困境。

run into trouble 是“遇到麻烦”的意思。

4 at one point,在某一地方。

5 it seemed certain,看起来肯定。

6 get over the mountains,越过山头。

7 it cleared the mountains by 400 feet,飞机在离山头400英尺的高度飞越了过去。by表示“相差”的意思。

在1929年,美国探险家R.E.伯德成功飞越北极三年后,第一次成功穿越南极。起初,尽管伯德和他的工作人员拍摄了许多下面山脉的照片,在山顶,他们的飞机似乎要坠毁。如果它上升到10000英尺的高空,才有可能飞越山顶。伯德立刻命令工作人员扔掉两大袋食品,然后飞机能够上升。它飞越山顶上空400英尺。伯德知道他能够到达300英里远的南极。因为在视线内没有更多的山脉,飞机能够毫无困难地飞越无尽的白色平原。

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