The New York Times – Beyond Antarctica’s Photo Opportunity
Monday, Aug. 20On Jan. 17, 1912, Robert Falcon Scott’s team arrived at the South Pole defeated and exhausted, finding they had been beaten to it by the Norwegian Roald Amundsen. Scott wrote, “The Pole. Yes, but under very different circumstances from those expected,” followed by, “Great God, this is an awful place.”
While Amundsen or one of his sled dogs may have been the first to visit the South Pole, his team left behind only a legacy in exploration. But Scott’s team, with its British scientific leader and expedition doctor, Edward Wilson, also blazed a trail in Antarctic science — a legacy that still burns bright today.
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