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100th Anniversary of Amundsen’s Expedition to the South Pole

On December 14, 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole. He triumphed in a tightly contested race to the bottom of the world: Irishman Ernest Shackleton had come within 97 km of the pole on an expedition three years previously, and Briton Robert Scott was hot on Amundsen’s heels:  On January 17, 1912, a mere five weeks after Amundsen’s conquest, the exhausted British team arrived at the sweet spot, deflated to find the Norwegian flag blowing mockingly in the wind. Scott’s team perished in Antarctica a few weeks later.

In honor of the brave men who risked their lives in the name of science and discovery, here are some links to stories about their leadership and endeavors:

The Lost Men

Shackleton’s Way

Leading at the Edge

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