90ºS – Celebrating 100 Years of the South Pole

100th Anniversary of South Pole

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen becoming the first man to reach the South Pole.  The race to become the first to do this was a heated one, between Amundsen and British explorer, Robert Falcon Scott.  And while Amundsen was famous around the world and went on to explore more of the poles and the Northwest Passage, Scott and his team met their fate in the cold blistery winds of the Antarctic.

I had no idea it had been just a short 100 years ago that this great feat had been accomplished, and I thought that it would be nice to take a moment to remember the the achievement and the high stakes that often come with exploration and trailblazing.  Two great men from a bygone era, whose memory lives on still, at the Amundsen-Scott Research Station, located at the South Pole.

Check out this site to learn more about these two accomplished explorers and their race for the South Pole.



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3 responses to “90ºS – Celebrating 100 Years of the South Pole

  1. Paprika

    thanks for sharing =) history is always enchanting…

    • It is interesting, isn’t it? And I never learned about this in school. So many things that get forgotten with the passage of time and technology. The fact that there is a full time base on the Antarctic is amazing, when you think about it. Glad you found this as interesting as I did!

  2. We British do like to make much of heroic failure. Scott is a great example of this as is the retreat from Dunkirk in the early days of WW2. This shows how much the world has been transformed in the last 100 years.

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