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14 of history's greatest polar explorers

By: Laura Moss on Dec. 27, 2018, 12:16 p.m.
Alistair Mackay, Edgeworth David and Douglas Mawson at the South Magnetic Pole

Photo: Edgeworth David/Wikimedia Commons

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Into the icy unknown

It takes a thirst for adventure and a brave spirit to venture into the harsh landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctic, but courageous men and women have been doing so for more than a century. Some of the explorers on our list set out for the poles in the name of science, others for the thrill of adventure or a taste of fame, but they all hold a place in history.

(Editor's note: This gallery has been updated since it was originally published in November 2011.)