Race to the South Pole featured triumph, suffering

01/29/2013 | National Geographic News

In the early 1900s, several explorers mounted expeditions to Antarctica in the hopes of becoming the first to reach the South Pole, write Neal Lineback, professor emeritus at Appalachian State University, and geographer Mandy Lineback Gritzner. Robert Falcon Scott's team members experienced difficulties on their journey: Their motorized sleds were ineffective, and they were unable to place a supply depot as close to the pole as they had hoped. When they finally reached the South Pole in January 1912, they found that a team led by another explorer, Roald Amundsen, had beaten them there by about a month. Scott and his team died while trying to make the journey back to their base camp.

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