Roald Amundsen Inspecting Ice Field, Antarctic Ocean

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This is a remarkable photograph of Roald Amundsen, discoverer of the South Pole. It was taken only a few days after he, with four comrades, had discovered the southern-most end of the earth. Men have long tried to find out what the earth was like about its axes. Some scholars argued that it was a sea; others that it was a solid sheet of ice such as you see; others that the poles were capped by great continents. It was to find out these things that so many men have given their lives in these far-off, cold areas. Before Amundsen discovered the South Pole he was a noted Polar traveler. He had located the Magnetic Pole on the North American Continent. He had been first mate on the Belgica in deGerlache's Expedition of 1897-99. In a ship called the Fram, Amundsen landed in the South Polar Region and made his base at 88° 38' south latitude, 164° west longitude. They wintered in a dugout in the drifted snow. On October 20, 1911, with four comrades, he started southward from his base. His dog-team pulled provisions enough to last for three months. In the middle of November they found a great land with high peaks and large glaciers. Some of the mountains were 15,000 feet high. On December 14th the party arrived at the Pole, which is located in a great, white, level, snow-covered plain, 10,750 feet above sea-level. On January 29th, 1912, Captain Robert F. Scott, approaching from a different direction, reached the place only to find that Amundsen's party had been there before him. Scott and his small party were frozen to death on the return trip. Tell about any polar expedition. Keystone ID: 13327 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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