Altitude in Antarctica Quiz Answers
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IceTrek member Eric Philips made a test run across sea ice outside Scott Base, Ross Island.
IceTrek member Eric
Philips made a test run
across sea ice outside
Scott Base, Ross Island.


1. What elevation is considered "high" altitude?

C . 8,000 feet and above


2. In Polar regions, inadequate oxygen in the bloodstream occurs at lower elevations.

A. True


3. The Process by which your body adjusts and adapts to the decrease in oxygen available to the tissues is called:

C. Acclimatization


4. The body acclimatizes to altitude by altering which processes?

E. All of the above


5. Everyone acclimatizes at the same rate.

B. False


6. Normal body responses to altitude include all of the following except:

B. Vomiting


7. Mild symptoms of AMS include a headache with which of the following:

D. Lack of appetite


8. High Altitude Cerebral Edema is a serious illness that must be treated immediately.

A. True


9. Signs/Symptoms of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema include:

D. All of the above


10. Initial treatment for all altitude illnesses include:

E. All of the above


11. Prior to departing for altitude you should:

B. Rest, hydrate and avoid alcohol, tobacco and depressant medications


12. The altitude medication Diamox is available at McMurdo Medical clinic:

A. True


13. After arriving at altitude you should:

C. Rest, hydrate, light exercise and avoid tobacco, alcohol and depressant medications


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