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    Re: Northeast passage. was:Polar Possessions of the SU.
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2004 Nov 22, 10:59 -0500

    On Mon, 22 Nov 2004, George Huxtable wrote:
    > and managed to get himself invited to a voyage on the nuclear icebreaker
    According to some web sites, they do take tourists on the
    nuclear icebreakers now. The fleet operates with loss, and they
    are trying to make some money this way.
    > It seems that Russian Arctic
    > navigation is largely fuelled by vodka.
    Not only Russian. In the very beginning of XX century,
    during the race to reach the North Pole, a German mathematician
    Zermelo, who followed this race carefully, derived the following
    empirical law for the amount A of alcohol consummed by the expedition:
    A=k.tan L,
    where k is a numerical coefficient that depends on the units
    of measurement and L is the maximal latitude reached by the expedition.
    His conclusion was that reaching the North pole is theoretically

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