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The Iditarod

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adrenaline
a chemical in the body that provides extra energy and endurance
gangline
the main line or rope to which all the dogs are connected
hypothermia
when your body temperature drops below normal
musher
a person who travels on foot or snow with the dog sled, the commander of the sled
northern light
green and pink streaks of light that dance in the night sky, cause by gases from the sun that get trapped in the earth's magnetic field
spindrift
a spray of fine snow blown by the wind
squall
a sudden snow storm with very strong winds
snow hook
a heavy metal hook that is used to hold the team in place, acts like an anchor for the sled
swing dogs
the dogs directly behind the leader that help to steer the team around corners
tundra
low, flat land that stretches for miles in northern Alaska
wheel dog
the last two dogs that are closest to the sled, usually the largest and strongest
team dog
the dogs run directly behind the swing dogs. They provide speed and power to the team.
lead dog
the dog at the head of the team. the other team dogs are lined out behind the leader.