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13 of history's greatest polar explorers

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 16, 2011, 8:52 a.m.
Alistair Mackay, Edgeworth David, and Douglas Mawson at the South Magnetic Pole

Photo: Alistair Mackay, Edgeworth David and Douglas Mawson. (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. (Text: Laura Moss)